And if we wanted someone purely to give a physical contest, then neither green nor Fanta nor J Stewart would’ve played a game, and Howlett and Bird would have played all 22. That’s not what the forward pocket role calls for so I’m not sure why we’d go to Howlett.
Howlett has actually played some reasonable patches of footy this year, but only when he was in the midfield for injury cover or whatever. Most of the time, he’s been at half forward or forward line, and he’s been poor. This should not be a surprise.
He still has something to give as a grunt midfielder: but he is a terrible forward.