Tom Lamb: is he much chop?
Having being overlooked for a 17th consecutive draft you’d think I’d be a little upset. I am. I take these things personally. Well fellas, what do I have to do? I got right into fitness training & got rid of the gut, cut down on the fags & booze (ever so slightly), I even did the additional fitness you asked of me (Tinder). And still you knocked me back. You recruiters wouldn’t know the difference between talent & a high speed turkey slap! Shitheads!
Let’s move on to Tom Lamb. Like Jock said in the recent donor’s podcast it was a surprise Lamb wasn’t selected in the first round. But 2 weeks before the draft I learned why. He ended up sliding out to 32. Which means he lands in that lovely sweet spot of picks 18-40. As I’ve said in previous articles go & look at the last draft & picks 18-40 were the reason you ended up with a guns & rookies team.
I was down at the tennis club a few weeks ago (not chatting up the MILF’s at the bar for once) & started chatting to a lovely young lad who I play against but had never chatted to. Well it turns out he went to school with Tom Lamb. It’s fair to say he didn’t exactly have a glowing assessment of Tom Lamb. Well certainly not in his year 10 days when Tom had some a few look at me & discipline problems. He was on a full scholarship at Haileybury yet finished his schooling at Parkdale secondary college. Read into that what you will. But he still got picked up & is certainly worth a look.
My young friend’s final assessment of Tom Lamb was “mercurially talented but inconsistent”. The same words my old man used to describe a young Pieman. Turns out my young friend had played footy with the who’s who of the last 2 drafts. Josh Kelley, Jack Billings, Boyd, Petrecca, Brayshaw etc….. When I walked away only 1 name was on my mind & it wasn’t Tom Lamb. The man he just couldn’t stop talking about & a man the great Higgo is bullish about, Christian Salem. Oh boy will I be keeping an eye on that young man during the preseason. He stopped short of calling him superman (only just) & highlighted the guy was a game changer & match winner. Has Melbourne ever had one? Maybe this could be the new Robbie Flower.
I threw some quick questions at him regarding Lamb. Q: Contested player? A: “Laughing”. Q: Can he tackle? A: “more laughing”. Q: What is he good at? A: “Running. Outside player who can turn it on. Just not often enough”. Q: Ideal position? A: “Running half back who can go forward & kick goals if he feels like it”.
How did this guy get drafted at all? Obviously there is some talent.
|DPP Likely:||Quite possibly|
|Likely Points Av:||-6 to 140|
|AFL Team:||West Coast Eagles|
|Significant history:||What part of his history isn’t!|
You don’t need to do much research on Tom Lamb to realise 2 things. Tom Lamb is a hell of a talent & Tom Lamb has had a few attitude problems in his younger days.
The glaring positive about Tom Lamb & Supercoach 2015 relevance is his athleticism. At the draft combine the 193 cm utility ran a 9:45 3km time trial (2nd overall) & a 15.5 beep test.
I’m going to be honest & confess I honesty have NFI what a beep test is. After this article I’m going to Google it. But apparently 15.5 is elite. And what it adds up to is he’s already at the elite level of where a 3rd year player would be at. He averaged 22 disposals last season without really any midfield time. The bastard can run & receive.
Tom is an outside player, a receiver (a seagull) as the General would say. My friend did state he wasn’t even slightly interested in body contact & contested situations. As far as bargain based rookies are concerned we don’t give a shit if there under a pack. Just get on the park & score points. Tom Lamb may well do that, but probably won’t. Well not in 2015.
By the sounds of things the eagle’s hierarchy will be praying for 2 things not to happen for Tom Lamb. The first he makes fiends with Ben Cousins, if he does he could break the 3 strikes policy in his first preseason. The second, he doesn’t piss of Daniel Kerr off when he’s holding a jerry can & a cigarette lighter. That hair will go up instantly. BBQ Lamb Chop.
I think Tom Lamb needs what the Pieman once got. A summer highlighted by a madmad chasing him with a rubber hose. Pace & evasive skills can’t be developed any better. Given Lamb Chop is an outside player that’s the recipe for success with a head case.
He may get a game, have a good game & then deliver a turd burglar & get dropped & may never be back. I fear this guy could be a fit version of Relton.
This is a ride by the seat of your pants rookie selection. He could be in & out of the team, he could be a DPP. There is selection purpose to the Lamb chop. He did average 106 sc points in the TAC last season. If he could guarantee us 70 av & reliable game time he’s in. But I think that could be too much to ask for the Lamb Chop. He’s not walking into a development team.
- Talented to the eyeballs
- Has the fitness to play at the highest level today
- Can take a grab even up forward (same height as McCartin)
- Outside player who can deliver the ball
- Could be anything
- Drift in & out of games
- DE can drop off big time
- Who knows if he will adopt the lifestyle to play at the elite level
- Yet to be a team player
If ever there was a rookie I hoped doesn’t play in round 1 it’s Tom Lamb. This could be anything dreadlocked talent could very well be a spud. The comparisons to Jack Watts are a stain in the underpants. But like Jock says, I hope he can overcome that. He could tear it up in round 1, have a stinker in round 2 & get dropped for who knows how long. Your early season rookies are critical. You need constant appreciation from them. Not sure Lamb would be the man. He’s another risk burger with the lot. If ever there was a guy you wanted to come in later & you could get 2 games to look at him & make sure he was playing the next game it’s this fella. Downgrade players are important as well.
Just like jumping a fence with a pack of Doberman’s on the other side “Enter at your own risk”.
If named round 1: NO! Well I won’t. Corrective at best
Later in the season: Maybe
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