He's a tackling machine.
Just on Ben Howlett, I get the feeling that he just doesn't have a specialty, and that kind of makes him expendable in most peoples minds.
Jobe - clearance king
Goddard - Experience, polish, inside & outside
Stanton - runs all day, always gets a hard tag and so frees up other players
Zaka - sublime foot skills, pacey, loves a goal, won a B&F (dont forget!)
Melksham - Tough nut and willing to take the game on, excellent disposal
Hocking - Best tagger
J. Merret - Excellent delivery, smart player, fleet footed, upside is limitless
Howlett... Hard worker... and...ummm... doesn't really seem to bring anything to the team the others don't. That seems to be the general feeling towards him. He doesn't really have any glaring holes in his game since he built up his endurance, but he doesn't really have any aces up his sleeve either.
How does everyone else see Benny?
I must say it was a magnificent effort that won the 2 on 1 contest that allowed Dempsey to goal in the last qtr against the dogs, we need more of that from him. Benny was looking very sharp in the pre-season and I thought he was up for his best year yet, but it just hasn't happened for him.
Maybe he will just always be a good honest footballer?
That example of the two on one from Howlett is his ace. He had a very good run of 10 or so games a few years ago where he was doing this consistently. Busting packs, emerging with the ball, 15 mtr dash and deliver. He was also kicking goals. It's exactly what we need of him again. However, like some others on our list, you just don't know if we're going to see it again.