Is 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?
|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:||
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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