Zaka was not impressive at all last year. He was carrying back / calf injury.
In exactly what parallel world is Zaha close to Stanton's level?
IMO, at the moment we have
Guns: Jobe and BJ
Almost Guns: Hep and Zaka
On the way: Melks and Myers??
Workhorses: Stants, Buddha and Benny
Back-up: Merrett, Kav, Colyer, Hams, Brown, others
Have I left anybody out?? Chappy?
And maybe throw in Kommer.
I'm not unhappy with that as I expect Hep and Melks will improve again. Barring injury Zaka will be a force but we need Myers to take a big step upwards and some of the backup team to really make an impact when they get a chance.
With the departure of Crameri, Bomber will be looking for a big contribution of goals from the mids when we attack and a better defensive effort when we don't have the ball.
Let alone two levels above??
He's got a lot of talent but he wasn't overly impressive last year.
Stanton was as equally unimpressive last year IMHO. Also carrying injury.
Stanton is an elite runner but his disposal is not elite.
Zaka has won the best and fairest. Has Stanton?
Zaka is younger.
I agree if both fit Zaka is at least a level above.
Zaha had a very good year the year he won it, but I would point out that 2 or 3 guys finished above him on votes per game (Watson and Hurley, IIRC Stanton as well but that could be wrong)
And that would be the only year - Zaha's played 5 pretty much full seasons now - that they've been closehttp://www.footywire.com/afl/footy/ft_player_compare?tid1=6&pid1=1347&tid2=6&pid2=3129&type=A&fid1=S&fid2=S
I urge anyone who's thinking along the same lines, to look at that link, and scroll back through the years.
Stanton lead him in kicks, disposals, marks, goals, tackles, inside 50s, goal assists, frees for, disposal efficiency, effective disposals, contested marks, marks inside 50... Shall I go on?
Zaha will be right, he is learning the cut and thrust of it, and he *may* end up going past Stanton's level if he really thrives in close spaces -which he hasn't yet, but neither has Stanton to any great degree.
But make no mistake, Stanton is a star already.