Opinion Who is currently our best midfielder?

Who is our best midfielder?

  • Yeo

  • Shuey

  • Gaff


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Astro7

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That is the problem right there. There probably isn't anyone knocking down the door. I'd say Redden would take the slack in stoppage work and someone would try play a more 50/50 inside outside role to cover Redden's running. Just a guess though. Not many have the athletic attributes of Shuey and Yeo.
It's remarkable really, that midfielders, or these two, rarely miss games-given the gruelling task each week.
Yeo or Shuey out, leaves a big hole, especially in finals.
But we got by without Gaff.
Am not up to date with younger mids in our group-Ainsworth, Brayshaw, Oneill? Venables?
AhChee not young.
No stand outs busting the door down- Venables could be future class. A big pre-season ahead.
Shuey would be getting on, a bit banged-up next season..
Probably be addressed in the next draft/trade.
 

Ambrose Burnside

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It's crazy we have three genuine A grade mids in Yeo, Shuey and Gaff, plus Sheed and Redden, and the midfield is still our weakest link.

Get Nic Nat and the clearances boost he brings right for the finals and it's full steam ahead for back to back you arrogant campaigners :moustache:
 

kranky al

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It's crazy we have three genuine A grade mids in Yeo, Shuey and Gaff, plus Sheed and Redden, and the midfield is still our weakest link.

Get Nic Nat and the clearances boost he brings right for the finals and it's full steam ahead for back to back you arrogant campaigners :moustache:
We just dont bat deep.

The idea that the midfield is weak though is a gangover - there are periods of every game where our midfield loses - like every single other team.
 

FKASC

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It's crazy we have three genuine A grade mids in Yeo, Shuey and Gaff, plus Sheed and Redden, and the midfield is still our weakest link.

Get Nic Nat and the clearances boost he brings right for the finals and it's full steam ahead for back to back you arrogant campaigners :moustache:
It’s partly because you can’t always rely on Redden, Sheed, and to a lesser extent Gaff, to make a real impact. The finals last year were big strides for Redden and Sheed in terms of stepping it up when required, but all three still tend to go missing more regularly than the true A-graders even without being tagged

When they’re all playing well, it’s an elite midfield, but I still reckon there’s question marks over half of them in terms of knowing whether or not they’ll all show up.

Yeo’s ability to get angry and tackle well even when he’s not getting much of the ball is what has taken him up into the next echelon, and Shuey rarely has a quiet match these days.
 

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I think the Eagles are 16th for average disposals as well though, so there's less ball being shared around for anyone to really push that 30 disposal barrier when you consider Gaff and Sheed basically always do it. Not very common for us to have 3 or 4 mids on 30 touches. In fact I went and had a look and only once this year we've had 4 players cross 30 touches, in the first derby.

I consider anything over 25 for Shuey and Yeo to be good if they use it well, of course when Shuey gets it 30+ he causes some genuine damage. Redden I think is the least likely of the lot to get to that number (although after doing research Yeo has only hit it once all year).

Interestingly with Redden;
Contested possession rate = Greater than Gaff/Masto but less than Sheed/Shuey/Yeo
Time on ground % = Less than Gaff/Masto but greater than Sheed/Shuey/Yeo
One percenters averaged = greater than Gaff/Sheed/Masto but less than Yeo, Shuey
Disposal efficiency = Greater than Sheed/Shuey/Yeo less than Masto (equal to Gaff)

Paints a picture of him being this hybrid between the real outside guys and the real inside guys. But on defence he's only shaded in the entire team by Yeo for tackles averaged and Shuey/Yeo for pressure acts and defensive half pressure acts. Then there's quite a drop to Gaff/Sheed/Masto/Hutch etc. He seems to get possessions more akin to an outside player (high kicking efficiency, disposal efficiency, TOG%, uncontested marks) but his defensive stats are right up there with our two most inside players.


Players with 30 touches this season for those who want to know:

Vs. Blues = 0
Vs. Kangas = Gaff, Sheed
Vs. Demons = Sheed
Vs. Pies = Gaff
Vs. Dockers = Gaff
Vs. Hawks = Shuey, Gaff, Redden
Vs. Bombers= Sheed, Gaff, Redden
Vs. Swans = 0
Vs. Dogs = Gaff, Shuey
Vs. Adelaide = Shuey, Gaff, Sheed
Vs. Demons - Hurn, Sheed, Gaff
Vs. Saints = Gaff
Vs. Suns = Gaff, Sheed, Shuey
Vs. Cats = 0
Vs. Port = Hurn, Gaff
Vs. Dockers = Gaff, Redden, Hurn, Yeo
Vs. Pies = Gaff
Vs. Giants = 0
Vs. Lions = Sheed
 

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