So I commented on this in the year in review thread, but it probably belongs over here, as it might impact the “type” of mid we want.
In Shaw’s review the stat that stood out to me
Centre clearances = 6th
Clearances = 18th
Someone who’s on top of states might tell me differently, but I assume “clearances” includes “centre clearances”.
So my reading is that we’re ok-ish in centre clearances, when we have time to set up our structures, and also have a 4 vs 4 contest, but around the ground were truly diabolical.
I can only hypothesise about what might cause that, but some ideas are:
- midfielders aren’t getting to as many stoppages around the ground, and so we’re outgunned
- rucks don’t like wrestling and are beaten more easily in body on body contests
- our around the ground stoppage structures are poor.
- we don’t practice 12 on 12 stoppages as much as other teams
I’m sure there are plenty of other possibilities as well.
What does it mean? For me I’m not sure it means that we need single “midfield beast” type, as we’re not getting smashed in centre clearance numbers, which is where you expect the one on one players to thrive. What we need is depth of midfield contested players who get to every stoppage. And better structures.
Of course this doesn’t address the “quality” of opposition clearances, but again that’s structure and depth of players knowing their role.
I have no idea about the answer though…