Tom ‘the bun-less’ Langdon
by BBQ’s Treloar
Rumour has it that Tom has chopped off that ridiculous man bun of his, but does that mean he should come into contention after an injury riddled year?
Coming off an injury is always a tough gig and after playing only 5 games and missing a bit of early preseason training, there are some big arse doubts on Langdon coming into the pointy end of the Supercoach 2017 preseason.
My intel at Collingwood suggests that Langdon is fighting for his position in the team and is not a guaranteed starter. Clearly this presents yet additional risk for this mid-price selection.
Recent injury history is one massive factor, but being regarded as a golden boy by Nathan “Bloody” Buckley is another.
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|Games last season:||5|
|Average last season:||81.8|
|100+ games last season:||Just the 1|
|Sub 80 games last season:||4|
|Price range last season:||$461K – $464K|
|Missed games last season:||
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Team Selection. Will he or won’t he line up in Round 1? And will he keep his spot throughout the season? It’s tough to make this call, but the word currently on Langdon is that he will need to force his way back into the starting lineup. With missing part of the early pre-season, that will be a tough ask. I’ve currently got him sitting at 25th in the pecking order at the pies.
Injury Risk. We all know he has had a shocking 2016 (playing only 5 games), but his first two seasons he was quite durable (19 and 222 games, respectively). It’s always a risk going in with a player coming off injury, but if he can get fit and firing, could he play every game?
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Stepping Stone / Mid-Price Punt
- Despite 2016, his averages over the first two seasons progressed well (71 and 85, respectively). Without the game he was injury in, was averaging 88 in 2016 also.
- Is back in the pre-season training and looking fit
- Man bun has been removed
- May move to a wing-back role
- Only played 5 games in 2016.
- Not currently in best 22.
- Delayed start to pre-season
NO (but keep an eye on him)
It’s a no at this stage for Langdon. Despite being a 4th year player (which we all know I love), he has not quite played enough games last year to make him a true 4th year player selection. Coming back from injury and not completing a full pre-season also detracts from his selection potential.
Predicted 2017 average (86.4 – 94.6)
Predicted 2017 games (14-18)
Nick ‘BBQ’s Treloar’ Z @N_Zvezdak
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