I know this gets discussed a bit in other threads, but I’m not sure if there’s one for this topic.
I was thinking about Essendon in relation to their contested game/aggression levels, and specifically the Geelong game springs to mind. That game really showed our team’s weaknesses, and from a list management point of view, it seems to me that we may not have enough larger sized mobile players. I know this gets brought up a bit, but looking through the two teams lists, it seems stark.
The only players that fit into the larger/non key position/mid style role ( I’m thinking around 190cms 90kgs) from us are probably Setterfield 192cms/87kgs (bit undersized), and Stringer 192cms/92kgs. Laverde and Langford are thereabouts, but are now plugging key position gaps. Langford also lacks aggression, and is now great up forward. Perkins and Tsatas are young but should get there in the next few years hopefully.
Looking at Geelong though, I mean you can see it when the teams play, but these player profiles, it just seems nuts. Tuohy and Danger are enormous. Rohan, Menegola, Guthrie, and Atkins all fit the profile. Bowes seems small at Geelong, but would be one of our bigger players.
In contrast we have a glut of really great midfielders that are undersized. McGrath (not really a mid), Parish, Hobbs, Caldwell (plays big), Merrett (he’s a rock in reality), and Shiel. Any club would want these guys, but as a group they’re too small. IMHO the sum of these guys is much worse than they are as individuals.
In a fast moving game it can work, well even, but how do we get away with it in finals?
I’m not bashing our drafting either. I feel it would’ve been a mistake to not take Hobbs in the draft with that pick. I’m also probably in the camp that our clubs main issue is lack of development, but I’m not sure how we can get the team right without trading some of our mids out to try and get a couple of larger guys in.
What are everyone’s thoughts on this? If we were to trade, then who? Could we simply put some of these guys in the gym for a bit?
Apologies. I haven’t posted in a long while, and I don’t think I’ve ever started a new topic so sorry for any mistakes.