Amid the hype storm, dissenting views are starting to appear, such as this from Sporting News.com
Essendon’s 2019 list
The Bombers’ obvious focus of the trade period was Shiel and he’s good enough to have an immediate impact, but overall they may not have taken that big of a step forwards.
While Goddard had his issues, he was still one of Essendon’s better players this year and his loss will somewhat negate Shiel’s on-field gains.
The fact the Bombers were kept out of the draft till pick 38 makes the deal look a tad expensive in the long run, even though Mosquito will bring all sorts of attention and merchandising opportunities the club’s way.
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Mozzie + Walla
This duo could be deadly.
Outside of that, there was some shuffling of peripheral players, but no best 22 types left Windy Hill
It’s fair to think Essendon will be a more competitive side in 2019 and there’s no doubt the Bombers are in with a strong shot at finals, but the price they paid for Shiel may yet make this off-season a loss.