Terry Wallace says Lance Franklin’s display in Sydney’s loss to Melbourne was “one of the more selfish games” he has seen from the champion forward.
Franklin, 32, booted one goal and three behinds in the 22-point defeat to the Demons and went at 50 percent disposal efficiency. He also had 16 kicks and zero handballs.
The AFL Hall of Famer described the eight-time All-Australian’s performance as a “brain fade” and uncharacteristic of Franklin’s team-first mindset.
“I thought it was one of the more selfish games I’ve seen Buddy (Lance Franklin) play,” Wallace told SEN Afternoons.
“I don’t think he is that way at all, but last night I would have thought he had four shots at goal from 60 metres-plus that blasted to the goal square and just gave it back to the opposition, who just rebounded it back in the other direction.
“That is so un-Buddy like. When you think about Buddy, we know he can do the miraculous, but he’s actually a really good team player … the amount of times he’s delivering to another player inside forward 50, his chasing and tackles.
“Last night was like a brain fade for him.”
Franklin needs just three majors to overtake Essendon great Matthew Lloyd into seventh place in the AFL’s all-time leading goal-kicking list.
The four-time Coleman Medallist sits on 924 goals from 294 games.