White Winmar wrote:Has his performance for a No. 1 pick been a bit underwhelming, Bluthy? Perhaps the drugs suspension might be the catalyst for him fulfilling his undoubted potential. Just the sort we need, if he gets his act together. I wonder how the forum will respond, given plenty didn't want Dusty because of so-called behavioural problems. No prior for Dusty, a nasty one for Lachie. Forgive and forget? As long as we don't sell the farm for him. A clever move if we can lever him out of GWS without paying too high a price.
It's amazing how these GWS/GC top picks escape close scrutiny really. Poor old Jack Watts cops a hammering year after year but GWS no. 1 pick - meh - like a tennis ball if its a bit flat just get a new one out of the tin - no biggie.
He's going to turn 23 this year, 72 games under his belt so should know what he's doing. Had a great QF against Swans 27 touches, 6 marks, a goal, listed in the best. 22 disposals 7 marks in the prelim was solid again so can hold up in big games which is where they good players really shine. Averaged 20 touches 6 marks all year which is pretty solid in that wing role I think he did. He's pretty outside but that is the role he plays at GWS and what we need. Just being a regular in the GWS 22 says a lot.
Maybe a bit like Steele he struggles to impose himself in the team with the riches GWS have. If he came to use would he become more dominating maybe being able to be played on ball a lot where he can hunt it more and really get his mojo going? But would be versatile like a lot of our team now with some nice height able to play wing, half forward maybe even a running back if his kicking and decision making is good.
That whole incident was so damn weird you can't help think there was more to it. But then footy players do weird things - like burning dwarfs or waving chopsticks around at randoms. I don't think it would dent our desire for him much. He is young and sounds like he had a d**khead advising him. IF he wants out and nominates us, these days that puts you in a really strong bargaining position. And we've got the picks to get a deal done if we really want him.
I still come down to the fact that Carlisles clock is ticking at 26. Hes' in his peak and we want to maximise our flag chances with him (while still feeding strong young blood in to keep us up for a while - tricky balancing act). Whitfield is the perfect age/experience to give us that class outside run and skill in our midfield we are missing right from the get go next year and could conceivably push us into top 4 contention if others come on too. Juicy prospect