Champion Data Jacob Wilson identified West Coast’s lack of midfield depth as the reason why they rated the reigning premiers’ list as the 11th best in the competition.
The Eagles defied the odds to win last season’s premiership and their fourth flag overall, defeating Collingwood by four points in a thrilling Grand Final.
Despite the achievement of being crowned premiers for 2018, Wilson says Adam Simpson's side doesn't bat as deep through the engine room compared to other clubs competing near the top of the ladder.
“We think their list might not be the best in the league, but they’re one of the most well-drilled teams. The way they’re structured up is fantastic," Wilson told SEN SA's Dwayne's World.
“What the big hole in their team is is their midfield. For us they’ve got (Luke) Shuey, who is a very good midfielder, they’ve got (Elliot) Yeo is a very good midfielder and (Jack) Redden as doing the job as well.
“Other than that, they don’t have a lot through the midfield. Compare that to some other teams like Collingwood who have got a wealth of talent through there.”
West Coast has the fourth worst midfield, the fifth best defence and the eighth best forward line in the league, according to Champion Data.
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