Toby Greene Supercoach 2017Is there another twist in the curious case of Tobias Greene?

by Liam Watson

Once a prolific midfielder, although we can now consider Greene as a forward, and a pretty handy one too as that roaming half forward that regularly hits the scoreboard.

At some point in his career, we have either loved or hated him from a Supercoach perspective. He’s been a constant tease because we all know what he can do, however role changes and indifferent progression have slowed him to some extent. He has at least found his role in the current GWS line up, who will surely contend for the premiership in 2017.

Going back to Greene’s first season in 2012, he was one of the best cash cows in that extremely young side averaging a very nice 94.6 and looked like that ‘see ball, get ball’ type of player. The next season he was forced to run with players and focus more on the defensive side of his game, with a putrid 73.2 average.

It was 2014 we thought he was ready to become the player we thought, with an average of 103. How about these numbers after his suspension? 63, 132, 107, 117, 161, 111, 141 and 131. We all know he has these scores in his locker.

In 2015 and 2016, he has turned into more of a permanent forward with averages of 83 and 90.4 respectively which shows he hasn’t completely flourished into a Supercoach beast we thought he would be.

He certainly disappointed those who selected him in 2015 hoping he would take the next step but couldn’t carry that momentum of scores in the second half of 2014.

As you can see, his whole career is very up and down, which mirrors the scores we saw him achieve during the 2016 season. What does 2017 have in store for Tobias?

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2017 Price: $492,000
2017 Position: FWD
Games last season: 21
Average last season: 90.4
100+ games last season: 10
Sub 80 games last season: 7
Price range last season: $429K – $503K
Missed games last season:
  • 1
Significant history:
  • All Australian 2016
  • Highest career average of 103 in 2014.
  • In this same season he had a club imposed suspension. Went bang once he returned.

As we are all aware, the loss of many trustworthy forward options including Merrett, Dusty and Zorko makes picking premos in the forward line very tricky. This does increase Greene’s chances of finding a starting spot in round one Supercoach teams.

RISK FACTOR

  • Will the forward line role continue to result in inconsistent scores?
  • Will he ever get midfield time in the future?
  • What impact will Deledio have if he mainly plays forward?

These are the key questions we must ask ourselves before selecting Greene.

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SELECTION PURPOSE

Greene must be a premo FWD selection. Any average 90+, especially in our forward lines this year, is acceptable which is what he produced last season.

THE GOOD

  • When he’s on, he is hard to stop and very effective. He can accumulate a decent number of possessions and regularly kicks goals.
  • Is arguably the best half forward in the competition.
  • GWS should win plenty of games, Greene could kick big bags of goals.

THE DOWNSIDE

  • Very inconsistent. When he goes sub 80, it can be as low as 50. He may let you down in key head-to-head league matches.
  • Has been getting less time in the midfield during the last couple of seasons with a great amount of depth present.

THE VERDICT

There are many factors to take into consideration when looking at selecting Greene in 2017.

With the limited forward line options, next season he should move up the pecking order as a starting selection. However, given the rollercoaster scores he can produce playing that forward role coupled with little midfield minutes, it means he isn’t necessarily a lock but still take the time to evaluate him as an option.

CONSIDER

Liam Watson

Twitter: @LiamWatson77

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14 Comments

hedski · 29/12/2016 at 10:44

Jeez Liam I just dunno if I can bring myself to pick him after last year. Unlikely at this stage, cheers mate.

Kev · 29/12/2016 at 10:52

Interesting choice, Tobias. Looking to save some coin in the forward line to start with. Should have no problem with a 90 average.

That said, I have no scars from his efforts last year. Maybe I'm a bit optimistic about him. Nice stuff, Liam

Krups · 29/12/2016 at 11:10

Heeney better value at $443,400?

    MJS · 29/12/2016 at 13:34

    Yes

      I N Pieman · 29/12/2016 at 15:30

      Agreed

Natep · 29/12/2016 at 11:43

Butchers the ball it's a no from me may be upgrade target however due to crap dpp options

    Butcher of the ball · 02/01/2017 at 10:58

    🙂

Crowmagnon · 29/12/2016 at 12:39

If this guy is what we are sifting through, I'm seriously considering converting my forward line into a nursery next year.

Steeeve · 29/12/2016 at 13:11

Let the All Australian selectors pick him. You don't want to.

THE SALTSHAKER · 29/12/2016 at 13:40

had him last year his avg inc some big scores early that were due to midtime, i wont be getting him in 2017 unless NAB cup shows me high mid time

Jimi · 29/12/2016 at 13:58

Never ever again. More than just a burn man, a head doer.

I N Pieman · 29/12/2016 at 14:20

Too many sub 80 games that would leave you in the foetal position at that price. I saw a lot of pain & suffering of tortured owners last season. I'd much rather role the dice on Heeney. Cheers for the write up Liam

Scouser · 29/12/2016 at 23:29

Hmmm nice write up Liam but that's where my positivity on one Mr Tobias Greene ends. Can't go through the same pain experienced last year with him, harvests way too many spuds and has little chance of getting mid time in the ever improving GWS team which can be clearly shown in terms of impact by the fact that he achieved his most disposals in a season in his debut year as an 18yo, essentially as the teams all-round abilities have improved Tobys output has generally suffered. Having said all of that though he is a legitimate option due to the crap that we have left to pick from and the fact that the Giants should be genuine contenders could see his numbers improve even if only given forward time so who knows! Can't see him in my starting line-up at this stage though.

Westy · 30/12/2016 at 08:49

Not Toby. That is the answer.

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