Will he ever fully deliver on his potential?
I often look at Dustin Martin and think to myself “Gee this kid has got the goods, he could one day be an absolute superstar” and then other times I look at him playing and think “What the hell is going on?”.
It has been a turbulent few years for Dusty, especially with his off field shenanigans but he seems to have found a bit of consistency in his Supercoach points output these days and I can only hope he continues down that path.
|Games last season:||21|
|Average last season:||99.52|
|100+ games last season:||12|
|Sub 80 games last season:||3|
|Price range last season:||$549K – $472K|
|Missed games last season:||Missed round 22 with Hamstring tightness|
|Significant history:||Tonned up nine games in a row in 2014Ranked 2nd in total kicksRanked 1st in clangers per gameDrafted at pick 3, 2009 draft|
Dustin Martin has a physical presence on the ground down at Tigerland and loves nothing more than a cheeky face palm before running inside 50 and slotting a goal. With his contract talks finally put behind him, the Dynamic midfielder was able to string together his most consistent season to date. As a midfielder that loves winning his own ball, Martin also improved his effectiveness on the outside averaging a career high 17.5 uncontested possessions in 2014.
There are two areas of concern for me with Martin and the first has to do with his off field demeanour. In the past Dusty has had the occasional issue that has caused a few ripples down at Punt Road. The second area of concern is becoming less of a issue as the years go on, going missing in big game moments. There have been times when the game is in the balance that Martin fades in the second half and specifically at times when the team needs him. That being said, he is maturing both on and off the field and these concerns are becoming less prevalent as the years roll on.
If you were considering putting Dusty into your team it would be with the intention of putting him down in the forward line and utilising that MID/FWD swing set later in the season. If he can continue to pump out an average of roughly 100 points per game, he is a very valid pick.
- Has a physical presence on the ground and loves to get the pill in his hand
- Would have to be near the top of the ratings in a 1-vs-1 scrap situation
- Loves to kick a few goals
- Will be looking to improve on his 2nd place Best and Fairest placing at Tigerland
- Occasional inconsistency
- Can go missing
- Struggles a bit scoring points against the Victorian teams, specifically Carlton
I have a feeling that 2015 will be a big year for Martin. He has managed to string together two pretty consistent seasons and finishing second in the BNF at Tigerland will hopefully encourage him to pull his finger out to become the footballer we all know he can be. He has the skills, the courage and the determination to cement his spot in our teams, but will he do it?
What are your thoughts on Dustin Martin?
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