Former St Kilda captain Danny Frawley has praised Chris Scott’s use of dangerous forward Daniel Menzel, saying deploying him closer to goal makes him a match-up nightmare.
Menzel booted five goals, including four in a row, in Geelong’s 47-point win over St Kilda on the weekend, and Frawley says using the “very rare” talent deep in the forward line gives the Cats a weapon not many defenders can nullify.
“Menzel is a tough match-up when you put him deep in the goal square because if you put a big, lumbering type on him, he will sneak up into the midfield and turn him around,” he told SEN Breakfast.
“If you put a guy who can’t win the ball above his eyes on him, he will out mark them.
“I think Chris Scott is evolving too, because he is thinking, let’s put Menzel where he hurts the opposition. Let’s play to his strengths.
“Yes, we want you to put pressure on, but nought to 30 is your time to shine.”
Three-time All-Australian Nick Dal Santo believes Menzel’s capacity to kick goals outweighs his poor forward pressure numbers.
“What he doesn’t do defensively isn’t as important as what he gives offensively,” he said.
“It allows Gary Ablett, Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood to play in the midfield and Tom Hawkins and Menzel can do the rest up forward.
“I’m happy for him not to chase and tackle as much, as long as he kicks four or five.”
Geelong will head to Adelaide Oval to take on the Power on Saturday night.