Respectfully mate, if you think Libba is playing as a permanent forward with very little midfield time you’re seeing things - given Beveridge’s obsession with flexibility he has played the occasional game as a forward (2 of the 15 studied), but so has every midfielder in their team.
Midfield time certainly wasn’t the issue for Libba on Friday night as he was their #1 mid starting inside at 17 of the 26 bounces. I think Craze is right and it is a mindset thing as he just can’t find the ball - he went back to the VFL and still didn’t dominate. Beveridge being Beveridge switched all the line coaches around in the off-season as well, so I suppose that could be a factor.
Beveridge learnt the over-rotation system from Clarkson, which says every forward needs to be able to play as a mid because they’ll be spending at least some time in there, Beveridge has extended that to some of his backs as well, partly because of the destablisation that Murphy’s return has caused as they’ve often named 8 backs during the season to accommodate him.
He has taken flexbility too far this season personally, as last season for all their rotation they still were reasonably reliable in one way - they still had 5 core mids overall - Hunter & Picken on the wings, Bont, Libba, Macrae + Wallis/Jong when fit and Dahlhaus played there for the finals and some big games.
This season, Hunter and Picken have been moved off their wings - Picken deep forward, Hunter has settled for now off a back flank - Dahlhaus has seen his midfield time cut and there has been little continuity week-to-week - Friday being a classic example of that - I didn’t cover Rd 19 but in their other 3 wins in the lead-up, Dale, Daniel and McLean have been in their top 6 mids, whilst Picken had appeared on a wing 10 times over the course of those 3 games.
On Friday, Picken randomly plays wing for the first time (in a studied game) since Round 16, Caleb Daniel didn’t attend a bounce until late in the last, Wallis only attended one bounce in the opening term and whilst Dale and McLean started in the midfield they barely spent any time there in the 2nd half. Consequently, only Libba (17), Bont (15) and Picken (14) started at more than 50% of the bounces (Wallis, Murphy and Macrae 11 being next best) when they had had a full 6 mids do that in their last 2 studied games.