Below is the assessment of Langfords 2017 and you can see a distinct pattern.
He trained in the preseason as a midfielder and their were some big comments from the club and himself about his transition into the midfield(I believe this put unnecessary pressure on him to perform in that role). For some inexplicable reason he was then started as a forward where he was only just going.
From there Woosha and Langford sat down and it was decided that he would go back to the VFL and play mostly midfield with stints forward. From his very first game he showed great talent along with a high workrate( was consistently laying 8+ tackles a game).
After a consistent run of form where he was getting high possessions, lots of clearances and also drifting forward to hit the scoreboard(he kicked 13 goals from 14 VFL games) he was promoted to the senior side.
For some reason only known to the coaches he was played as a forward in his first game back against Sydney where he again didn’t perform. The following game he played midfield against Brisbane where most people thought he was one of our better players but the following week he was rested before returning to the VFL.
His first game back in the VFL from that disappointment he had 26 touches to go with 4 goals and clear best on ground. It was around this period that Laverde was promoted t the senior side on the back of two big games playing as a forward. Clearly the club thought it best that Langford remain in the VFL to work on his midfield game and not continue to hurt his confidence by playing him as a forward in the seniors.
From here he had some average games along with more best on grounds.
People can say what they like about Langford if it pleases them but in my opinion when given opportunities as a midfielder he excelled and it’s unfair to evaluate him on the minimal opportunities he was given at senior level.
For somebody that has only just this year played as a midfielder against mature bodies I believe Langford has great potential.
Age: 20yr 10mth Games: 32 Born: Dec 01, 1996
Height: 191cm Weight: 80kg Position:
2017 Digest: Looked quite sharp in JLT series and appears to have taken a decent step forward.
2017 NAB Cup:
1 Haw Quieter night overall with just 11 touches, but still did a few handy things. 4
2 Bris Played well in patches. Kicked a goal in last quarter when needed. 5
3 Carl Fumbled his way through the day in what was a horror. Two kicks for the day. 1
4 Adel Two opportunist goals but hardly sighted, needs to do more to make his presence felt. 5
5 VFL Laid 11 tackles to ensure Collingwood never got any room to move. Add in 22 possessions and four clearances too. -
6 VFL Tackled his heart out – 14 tackles to go with 20 possessions. Impressive workrate this season. -
8 VFL Impressed with 21 touches, two goals and a handful of tackles. Playing good footy. -
9 VFL Continues to grow in midfield role the longer he spends in there. Had 34 possessions and booted two goals. -
10 VFL Did well in patches, but lacked consistent impact overall. -
11 VFL A beast at the stoppages with 11 clearances to go with his 32 possessions. Relishing midfield time. -
12 VFL One of the Bombers best again. 28 touches, nine clearances and five inside 50s. Super. -
14 Syd Played forward after starring as a midfielder in VFL. Didn’t use the ball as well as he’d hope. 4
15 Bris Matched with Rich early as he spent more time in midfield. His game tailed off later. 5
16 Senior emergency.
17 VFL A good game in the midfield. Had 26 touches and four goals. One “everything clicks” preseason away. -
18 VFL Found a fair amount of the footy in the middle, but his disposals just didn’t translate to anything. -
19 VFL Another good day in midfield. Becoming a better contested player with 10 contested possessions and five tackles. -
20 VFL Bye. -
21 VFL Not as influential as he has been, but defensively work was good around the ball. -
22 VFL Excellent outing with 30 possessions, eight marks. Bombers best. -
23 VFL Won the ball fairly well, but ball use was below par. -