Trending topics

Select your station

We'll remember your choice for next time

Are the Magpies getting the most out of Jordan De Goey?


Justin Leppitsch has broken down how Collingwood is using Jordan De Goey and whether they are getting the most out of him.

De Goey had a team-high 31 disposals for the Magpies in their loss to Carlton on Sunday, to go with 12 marks, eight score involvements and six inside 50s.

He received seven votes from the coaches, highlighting the performance.

Leppitsch however wonders whether opposition teams would prefer De Goey winning 31 disposals and playing the accumulator role or playing forward of centre.

“Where I want to get to with this is what would you do with Jordan De Goey if you had his magnet?” Leppitsch told SEN’s Whateley.

“Let’s go to the two Carlton games this year and compare the pair and if you were David Teague, which De Goey would you rather face.

“There’s the one on the weekend where he had 31 disposals, but 19 of those were in the back half. He had five inside 50s and he had one disposal in the forward 50 which was a mark and a behind. He only had the one clearance as a full-time mid and laid two tackles in that part of the ground.

“Rewind to the Round 2 game where he only had 16 disposals and only three of those were in the back half. He had two inside 50s, but he had 11 disposals in the forward 50 for five marks and 4.3, 13 score involvements.

“Which one would you not want to play against?

“Of his possessions on the weekend, six of those were contested and 25 were uncontested. He was an accumulator. His numbers on the weekend look like if Bachar Houli had a great game or a Brandon Ellis. Someone of that ilk.

“We’ve talked about Jordan De Goey as the match-winner. Dustin Martin is the ultimate match-winner because he can be the accumulator and the match-winner. That’s when you’ve struck gold.

“Jake Stringer’s the other one. He’s a match-winner. Look at his game on the weekend and it looks like the Round 2 game with De Goey. He had 16 disposals, nine of them were contested, five clearances, four bursting out of centre clearance and in the second half of the game he kicks four goals to win the game. That’s what a match-winner does.

“So what is Jordan De Goey then? Are you paying for an accumulator? Are you paying for a match-winner? Is he a combination?

“That’s the question and how would you rather use him as. At the moment, he’s playing as an accumulator, which is fine, but where is he most dangerous?”

De Goey has had 31, 29 and 32 disposals in his last three games, playing primarily through the midfield.

More in AFL