How does the ball get into the forward line? through the midfield.
Our midfields been shite since the early 00s, of course we're midfield fkg crazy. Which flag winning side had a horrible midfield in the last decade?
which flag winning side has had a horrible team in the last decade? It took them more then the mids to get them there. Its just the mids get all the recognition.
How do you stop the ball bombarding into our defenders? through the midfield. It is the most important collective position on the field. Win centre clearances and get it forward is the most efficient way to score. Class midfielders are capable of impacting the scoreboard.
If you have a ■■■■ midfield forwards never get a chance. Defenders are over encumbered. and its just ■■■■ viewing.
Never said the midfield was not important, just that it is no more or less important then other parts of the ground. Most the great players can play anywhere. I think McG will be one of these.
I'm refuting that its less important. in the modern game the midfield is the most important part of the ground.
Completely agree, essendon drafting forwards and defenders and trying to turn them into mids is one of the reasons we've seen little success in my opinion. I think you draft mids, if they aren;t good enough, then they go play in an easier position, like half back flank. Of course 90% of the best young kids are thrown into the middle in their junior days, thats why iv'e found our philosophy of drafting flankers to turn them to mids the wrong way around.
Eagles were the perfect example of how a great midfield can make the rest of the ■■■■ around it look good. Hopefully woosha brings that to essendon.
Our first pick was a back pocket/HBF, 2nd was a utility, 3rd was a forward, 4th midfield, 5th midfielder
but we're using our low picks on midfielders, which usually means the players have glaring flaws that need to be worked on (clarke disposal/ mutch speed) Most of the time these weaknesses can't be improved.
Now I think McG will be a good player at the worst case. Ridley looks promising, but its targeting a need 4 years from now. Fridge has just exploded into cult status in a pre-season game and theres talk of him becoming a midfielder? are we really gonna be the club that takes a promising 3rd tall who kicked 4 goals in his first real hit out to the midfield?. Mutch looks like quite the player (except this make 1 side elite bullshit), and clarke could just be an absolute bull. But we've been able to do brutes in the past, we need those that can win the odd contested ball as well as then drill it 40metres to a target.
Parish is the most midfieldiest player we've ever drafted which is a start. But most of our other midfielders didn't start in the midfield and its showing when the overall quality of our midfield will be found lacking. (Yes zach and heppell are exceptions more than the rule, both being hff/hbf respectively)
Essendon has had 2 glaring weaknesses for the last decade, midfield and small forwards. we've addressed the small forwards but we're still have some bizarre notions about midfield drafting that is utterly bizarre.
I'll probably drop the subject in this thread for now, just wanted to get up on my soapbox.