David King has taken aim at Collingwood’s Jordan De Goey, questioning his defensive output after his performance against the Western Bulldogs on Friday night.
Labelling him Collingwood’s “sickness” as well as the “cure”, King says De Goey’s lack of defensive efforts is costing the Pies on the scoreboard.
The 26-year-old is out of contract at season's end and would be eligible for free agency if he wished to leave after eight seasons on the club's list, but given his current output, King believes the Pies should hold contract talks at the moment.
“Everyone’s saying you must sign him, I think you just hold at the moment – I wouldn’t be paying him big money right now,” King said on SEN's Crunch Time.
“He’s a fascination, he’s the sickness and the cure this guy.
“I could show you vision where he’s not defensively engaged and sometimes the star factor players that have 20 disposals and kick a couple of goals get away with it because their good is so good that it swings games.
“I think he cost them three or four goals last night with his lack of defensive efforts, he’s a fascination.
“He went into 20 centre bounce opportunities last night and was involved in four clearances for the whole game, his contested game is not as good as what we think it is right now.”
De Goey is averaging a tick under 22 disposals, 4.8 clearances and over a goal a game so far in 2022.