Essendon premiership player Tim Watson says Bombers coach John Worsfold could be under pressure this year.
The Bombers haven't won a final since 2004 after last making the eight in the 2017 season before a heavy loss to Sydney in that season's Elimination Final.
While Watson says JLT form shouldn’t be taken into account after defeats to Carlton and Geelong, he admits that once the season hits, Worsfold will be feeling the heat.
“I think there’s an expectation that Essendon will be a very good team,” Watson told SEN Breakfast.
“If they don’t live up to that expectation (and) they don’t have a wildly expanded list of injuries to key players, then I think he will be under pressure.
“Any coach would be under pressure going into a season like that.”
The Bombers will kick off their 2019 season against GWS on March 24.