We have a lot of similar size mids that need midfield time.
Merrett, Hobbs, Parish, Caldwell and Shiel are all pure mids in my eyes.
You then want to roll one of Stringer, Perkins or Langford through there.
I don’t think Caldwell or Hobbs will get enough time in the midfield when all are playing.
No surprise when Parish is out Caldwell has his best game for the year.
Having the one less full-time on ball player means others get a look through there. Hobbs and Perkins have been beneficiaries, but probably Caldwell really relished the extra time at the coalface. As has been said, it’s not like we’ve got oodles of mids that there are 3-4 really good quality AFL standard players in the VFL like the Dogs that are blatantly too good for that level. A list manager who will look at things objectively would probably execute a trade on one of Parish or Merrett and try to extract maximum value whilst they are at their peaks to either invest in the draft or bring in another quality player that can address other needs in the team. But as long as Dodoro is there that will never occur.
On the surface of it yeah it would. But not if you had enormous faith in Caldwell and Hobbs and felt it could improve your list in other areas of need. Supporters are unlikely to look at things so coldly and dispassionately though, I understand that. It’d be a million to one to happen anyhow.