Young Midfielder – Too giant of a risk?
Dylan Shiel is an up-and-coming young midfielder with the Greater Western Sydney Giants.
The man once likened to Chris Judd for his speed and polish is looming as a potential leader at the club in the coming years.
He struggled with an injury in the first part of the 2014 season however returned to great form managing to up his point’s average as the year progressed.
|Games last season:||17|
|Average last season:||94.76|
|100+ games last season:||7|
|Sub 80 games last season:||5|
|Price range last season:||$407K – $487K|
|Missed games last season:||Rounds 2 & 6 with Quad Injury|
|Significant history:||Scored 100+ last three games of the season
Ability to score 130+ early in his career
Underage recruit 2011
As one of the most physically mature young midfielders at the Giants, he provides not only a strong body around the contest but also a powerful burst away from congestion. Like most third-fourth year players, the ex-Dandenong Stingray excels on the track and should have a big pre-season under his belt which will increase his workload efficiency and tank.
Shiel is only in the early stages of his career and as we have seen in the past, younger players often pump out inconsistent scores. In 2014 he did push out a couple of 60’s and 70’s as his scoring output fluctuated significantly.
Let’s keep this simple: If you were going to pick Shiel you would do so predicting he is going to have a break out year and tear it up. His price will likely be around the $500K mark (confirmed price $509,400) which is quite a bit of moolah for someone you aren’t sure can pump out 100+ each week.
- Has a mature sized body for a young midfielder with the best part of his career in front of him
- He is a tough nut around the contest and doesn’t mind throwing his body around to win the pill
- Has explosive speed out of the midfield
- Is in an up-and-coming young GWS side thirsty for success
- Inconsistent score output
- Young and has the odd injury, missed a chunk of 2014
- Can the Giants get hold of the ball more next season and play some good footy?
I can see Shiel becoming one of the premier midfielders in the competition in the coming years and most AFL teams would love to have him. His 2014 campaign was derailed early on due to injury however he came back with good success finishing the season off with some pretty decent scores. The jury is still out for Big Ben FC as to whether or not Shiel will make the final cut but I will still keep an eye on him.
What are your thoughts on Dylan Shiel?
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