I’m in the “just give him time” camp.
A few adjustment issues, family issues, a few injuries, etc combined with the is still growing when drafted and trying to learn a bunch of different positions. All of this added up to “will take time”.
The problems with his tank are overrated I reckon. He was good late in the game a couple of weeks ago. It’s just a case of learning to keep his head in the game from play to play and quarter to quarter white he builds the tank to the level he hopes for (ie midfielder level). I doubt it ever becomes Stanton like, but it will be good enough.
The Curnow comparisons are pointless. Everyone knew he had an elite tank pre draft. We decided that the other components (slow, skills, etc) weren’t what we were looking for as much as we were looking for the power and intensity that Francis brought.
And now I’m thinking that the best comparison for his development might be Adelaide’s Tom Lynch, who got the “Mr Intensity” label in u 18s, but did little in his first few years, and was traded by St Kilda.