There's a core group of players you can build a team around.
In the midfield you have Watson/heppell. Those two need to be complimented by faster midfielders who can both be inside midfielders and outside. surroudning those two with Myers, stanton, hocking or melk or Howlett is just not going to work and it hasn't for so long.
Hopefully both of Coyler and Zac Merrett continue their development and can play more midfield time on the wings next year, and Zaka to find some more consistency in his footy.
that leaves one spot to fill for the midfield who prodominately play midfield. At worst one of the 5 names above can fill that spot, but still preferably need someone who is quicker than any of those 5, and probably can play like Howlett, albiet at a higher level and consistently.
the 5 players I mentioned, Howlett, Hocking stanton myers and melk, we simply can't carry them. they are all pretty much the same type of player, bar stanton being an outside midfielder, however they are all pretty much inside slow midfielders who are more clearence players above anything else. ATM too many of them are in a clearence situation are, see ball, get ball, kick ball forward more often than not. in certain situations thats ok, but it shouldn't be the first option which it is with all of them, including stanton.
you can't get numbers around the contests to win the clearence battle only to continually blindly bomb the ball forward. It's counter productive to what you're trying to achieve.
I don't know who the players are to fix our issues, but we severely need to cull the midfield, it's still the biggest weakness we have. It's great for winning the ball, again prodominately into clearence stats, but skill wise, defensive wise and consistency wise, it's simply our weakest link.
That being said I know none of the players will be moved on let alone removed from our starting 22, so it's kinda pointless mentioning it, but oh well