And there’s been a few times when he’s missed. In fact I remember in one game he snapped a good goal and then about 2 minutes later he got the ball in the exact same position and missed. And it wasn’t a tough angle, so it’s not like he looks so dangerous that we have to leave him there. It seems some people just want to put him there because the alternative (well, their alternative) is to drop him.
And both of those opportunities came from handball receives and he was pretty much standing still. That and shots on the run coming into the 50 seem to make up the majority of his attempts at goal. Which is fine, but any midfielder could do the same. I want a small forward to be clean below his knees (especially on the run), I want him to be able to snap goals on the run, I want him to be able to crumb off a pack. I was him to make opposition players panic. I want forwards to actually be able to forward, to me that’s one of the major reasons our forward line looks so dangerous for the first time in years. Not trying to shoe horn guys like Howlett in there.
Back when he had that string of games where he had a really big impact I said it was a great but he needed to build on it and start getting midfield disposal numbers. Not 15-18 disposals a game which he was getting despite playing plenty of mid time. I said that because with the form he was in at the time if he could start getting higher disposal numbers he would be an absolute nightmare for opposition, but I also said it because he wasn’t getting midfield numbers and I didn’t want them to try and hide him in the forward line. He will always get a chance or two at a goal as he is small and speedy and I know some people rate him there but sorry, to me he is more often than not out of position and doesn’t look very dangerous. And I don’t really recall many good chase+tackles from him either (although I know he tries hard).
Even though he is not in great form given his speed and endurance combination I’d much prefer they leave him where he is a least playing a role, and not try and fob him off elsewhere.