The Breakout Year?
The GWS have a plethora of quality midfielders; Ward, Coniglio, Griffen, Scully, Whitfield and Kelly are emerging to challenge the status of the best midfield in the competition.
All of these players are genuine guns of the competition, but quite frankly, none are good enough for our SuperCoach sides. However, there remains one, who is the best of the lot, and he’s worth a sneaky consideration. His name is Dylan Shiel.
The great Wayne Carey wrote last year that “like Ablett and Port’s Robbie Gray, Shiel’s ball-winning ability and the way he uses the footy are top notch… Shiel will be a big reason why GWS become a genuine flag contender over the next few years.”
Wait, did I just use the Duck as a credible source? Sorry about that community, moving on…
|Games last season:||20|
|Average last season:||99|
|100+ games last season:||12|
|Sub 80 games last season:||1|
|Price Range last season||$440K – $550K|
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Dylan Shiel oozes class and is the current game’s version of Chris Judd. I’m sure very little here at the community doubt that this bloke is an absolute gun and will dominate the competition for years to come, but why would we pick him in our 22 man first SupeCoach team?
Put simply, Shiel is on the verge of a breakout year. This man is NOT the sort of bloke that will average around the 100 mark for the rest of his career, he’s simply too good. He turns 24 at the start of the season which is the prime age for a midfielder to assert his SuperCoach dominance and will only improve as the Giants look to become an AFL powerhouse. He will lead the charge as the ageing Deledio and Griffen spend time around the wing, forward pockets and back pockets and announce himself as the Giants’ premier inside midfielder.
This leads into another key consideration when picking Shiel; the rise of Stephen Coniglio. Coniglio well and truly had a breakout season and stole the fantasy limelight from Dylan in 2016. With the Italian stallion leading the GWS midfield, it seemed as if Shiel was happy to sit back and collect 25 touches, not really impact the match and just cruise to a 90 odd way too many times. Unlike the year before, Shiel lost his ability to hunt after the ball and deliver it inside fifty, he also was down on goals and score involvements. However, coming into 2017, Shiel holds an advantage over Conilgion in that he is a superior talent and will help his team if he has the ball more often than Steeeeeeve. He has a piercing left food and explodes out of packs, so Leon Cameron won’t be satisfied if Shiel doesn’t have a bigger impact on games this coming season.
Sit back, relax and watch the best of Dylan Shiel’s 2016 AFL season.
— GWS GIANTS (@GWSGIANTS) November 9, 2016
Selecting Shiel will become your team’s biggest headache if he doesn’t breakout and he remains to meander around the mediocre mark. Although I believe Shiel had a poor season last year, that might just be him fulfilling his role for the team and he and the coaching staff might be satisfied with that level of output. I truly believe Shiel will improve this coming season, but will it be enough to justify going in with out a Pendles or a Hanners or a Treloar?
- After injuries affected the first few years of his career, Shiel put in a consistent season so his body will be primed after another uninterrupted preseason
- Is bang in the breakout age bracket for a midfielder
- Will be determined to dominate this season after failing to the Bulldogs midfield in the prelim
- Is an effective user of the ball, so if he lifts his disposals then he will make the most of it
- Despite last years poor season for his ability, he drooped under 80 just the once
- Only averaged 10.4 contested possessions last year ( will need to lift to around the 13 mark to become elite)
- Will be missing out on a proven premium
- Will be a disaster if he doesn’t average more than 105 at least (he will need to lift his output to the 110 mark to be a worthy pick)
- Lacked the big 120+ scores for the whole of last year
- May continue to play second fiddle to Coniglio
Mark my words, Shiel will become one of the competition’s best midfielders and will probably win a Brownlow one day. I am as confident as anything of his footballing ability, but I worry that he won’t be able to match it with the big boys. For that price, he is too much of a risk in 2017.
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