Will 2017 be the year that Shuey finally hits ultra premo?
To perform a shoey, the drinker either removes their own shoe, or nominates a friend’s shoe to be used as the vessel.
The shoe is tilted and the entire contents of a can of beer are poured into the shoe’s opening. Once the beverage has settled, the beer is drunk by tipping the shoe up to the mouth and chugging it. – Wikipedia
* not Luke Shuey
The real Luke Shuey logged a good season in 2016. Averaging a tick under 26 disposals (12 contested) at 74.5% d.e. You can usually see him front and centre with Matty Priddis, extracting the footy 6 times per game and laying the same amount of tackles. Unlike Priddis though, he knows how to kick the thing. Almost half of his average possessions are kicks.
However, Luke has been taunting us with his talent for years now. Never quite kicking on from a solid season, instead slipping and posting a shit one. He played a full season in 2011, his second year at the Eagles, averaging 94.6. Since then his average has risen above, then dipped below, 100 every subsequent year. He averaged 105 in 2016, so, using history as our guide, 2017 should be his ‘down’ year. Can he buck the trend?
|Games last season:||22|
|Average last season:||105.6|
|100+ games last season:||11 (high score: 179)|
|Sub 80 games last season:||2 (low score: 58)|
|Price range last season:||$460k (round 13) – 579k (round 23)|
|Missed games last season:||
There’s a few community. As mentioned above, history is not on his side in 2017. If his formline continues he’s looking at a sub 100 year. I’ve noticed a bit of a trend emerging with Shuey in recent years in that he comes home strong. His starting price for 2017 is his ceiling, picking him up after his bye makes him a nice little POD option for the run home.
Take out that 51 when he was tagged against the Pies and his post bye average jumps to 106. He had shed 63k from his starting price in 2016 by the time West Coast had their mid season break. If he repeats that then a possible 500k Luke Shuey in 2017 is a tantalising option as we’re looking at having our team at full premium post byes.
If you choose to start with him then stick it out. 570k is a lot of coin to part with and unless his form takes a huge dive or he gets injured then I wouldn’t trade him.
A better option will be look at him when it’s upgrade time.
- Durable. Has played 61 games on the trot
- Always in the game. A “see ball, get ball” type of midfielder.
- Will have Sam Mitchell buzzing around him to feed his contested stuff too
- No Nic Nat hitting it down to him
- Is due for his bad year
- Not the best tank. Spent 78% TOG in 2016
Don’t start with him. Monitor his early season form and see how he’s travelling up until his bye.
Kev is having a cracking preseason – thank him for another supreme overview below while you chat about The Shue
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