saintspremiers wrote: bigcarl wrote: tony74 wrote:
To the top wrote:What the hell is Acres doing playing for the VFL outfit?
Cos you've got to run both ways. And run hard both ways. He'll get there. Seb did.
Last week it was his disposal
You know what?
Acres is still only 21. He's already built like beast and has amazing skills and ability.
If this "tough love" period that Richo has enforced works and Acres "toes the line" we could have an absolute 200 plus game midfield superstar in the making. A lot of 21 year old blokes have the brain of someone much younger. Dunno about Acres, just making a point.
Short term pain for immense long term gain.
Some players are worth this sort of effort and others aren't
What about Dunstan's lack of outside run yet he's been played to death. I think you can find excuses if you want a player out - my gut says Richo wants Stevens in the team and Acres is making room. I think this is about fitness and focus for Acres. Fitness
Richo loves the "training the house down" players. Look at how Billings keeps babbling at every presser he does about "wanting to dominate every training session" with a panicked look in his eye almost like a mantra. White a 2nd year player not in top nick coming back - not a single game so far.
Richo wants a team of super-fit bods to give him his pressure and fast moving game. But how did the super-fit approach work for Port in the long run? I think they turned some of their very skillful and creative players into running bots and killed their spark. Plus it hid a poor, dumb system underneath that just involved running up and back constantly which is exhausting. Hawks use a clever zoning system where they can drop off a player running and let another player go for them further up the ground in another zone. It lets them keep energy in the bank for when they get momentum and then they unleash and get scoreboard result. That my worry, that Richo doesn't have a clever system underneath and will rely too much on exhausting running where players don't have a lot left to execute pinpoint skills. There should be a balance point there.Focus
Acres is one of those guys who seems to have constant brain fades, disappears from games or just goes off into his own world. Dunny his best mate said he was weird. He does need to learn to impose himself when he's struggling to get into it - blocks, tackles, 1%ers etc. So if Richo can get that out of him, then it may pay off in the long run. But you've also got to respect that some creative players brains just work different than other players and they will give you something others can't.
There could be something more going on with Acres we don't know about. He apparently hasn't followed team rules before. But I think he's just not the super hard-working type that Richo wants at the moment. But you need the talent too. We seem to be going down a hard-working but less talented road than I thought we were going.