Nick Dal Santo believes Adelaide have been “overrated” if you assess their body of work over the last 18 months.
Coming off a 12th place finish in 2018, the Crows sit 1-2 after the opening three rounds and haven’t been able to replicate the free-flowing brand that took them to a Grand Final in 2017.
While conceding it’s still early in the season, the three-time All-Australian is concerned with their forward line set-up that has yielded just 9.6 goals per game.
“Based on results and the evidence we’ve seen I have to say yes (they’re overrated),” Dal Santo told SEN Afternoons.
“That forward line is still not working. You look at (Eddie) Betts, (Josh) Jenkins and (Taylor) Walker, I think eight goals combined in the first three weeks.
“I had them bouncing back really significantly off the back of last year, but what we’ve seen so far is that it’s just not clicking. That electrifying ball movement isn’t working … I’ve overrated them.
“For what it is, it’s Round 3 and they can obviously improve, but I think they’ve been overrated to this point over the last 18 months.”
Don Pyke’s side face North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium in Round 4 on Saturday night.
Listen to Nick Dal Santo’s chat on SEN Afternoons with Jack Heverin in the player below