Jordan De Goey has come under fire after another quiet showing in Collingwood’s loss to the Gold Coast Suns last week.
De Goey’s defensive efforts against the Suns reportedly caught the ire of senior Magpies teammates as the talented 25-year-old continues to frustrate.
AFL legend Leigh Matthews says it’s time to stop comparing De Goey to Richmond superstar Dustin Martin.
The 1990 Collingwood premiership coach also added that De Goey should be deployed as the deepest forward with an occasional run through the midfield.
“I’d forget about thinking of Jordan De Goey as Dustin Martin. He is not his bootlaces,” Matthews told Sportsday.
“Don’t put him in the centre bounce because all he does is hang around the middle of the ground. Let him play as a small full-forward because that is where he has been at his absolute best. Don’t waste his limited energy.
“I watched him for the first five minutes, he went to the centre bounce at the start of the game against the Suns, and then just hung around the centre half-forward area, so when the ball did come forward for Collingwood, he was caught in between.
“He’s not a good chaser … I would make him play on that full-forward line and an occasional run on the ball.”
Carlton great Mark Maclure is fed up with De Goey and has urged Collingwood to considering trading him for draft picks.
De Goey inked a lucrative two-year contract extension last year.
“De Goey goes in the middle sometimes, picks and chooses when he wants to play, picks and chooses if he wants to tackle … I would get rid of De Goey,” Maclure told Fox Footy.
“It’d be easy to get rid of him. He wants huge money, but does he actually play to that money? No. So why don’t you get some kids for him? Get a couple of draft picks.
“Because at this stage, is he helping this club? Or is he just doing it for himself?”
De Goey has kicked seven goals in six games this season and is averaging 12.8 disposals per match. He's played 104 games across seven seasons at the Magpies.