Former AFL stars Danny Frawley and Nick Dal Santo believe Gary Ablett’s age has forced him to play a different brand of football in 2018.
Ablett collected just 17 disposals, his equal-lowest total this season, while applying just two tackles and recording 20 pressure points in last night’s win over Sydney.
While acknowledging he is still putting in some strong performances, Frawley has suggested father time is catching up to Ablett.
“I’ll tell you what is going on with him, he is 34,” he told SEN Breakfast.
“That’s what’s going on with Gary Ablett and he isn’t the player we all expect. He is not.
“There’s one thing you can’t beat, it’s father time.
“He is still playing some pretty good footy but he isn’t the dual Brownlow Medallist, seven-eight time All-Australian that we are accustomed to.
“It’s as simple as that.”
Dal Santo says Ablett’s lack of defensive pressure is becoming more noticeable, something he needs to correct.
“He is playing a different style of game and it’s been highlighted a lot,” he said.
“He is playing offence, therefore, they’re needing other people to cover for him.
“Cam Mooney was very strong on Gaz last night in regards to some of his comments postgame about not giving himself fully to the team and that’s what he was referencing.
“You give yourself fully offensively, you’ve got to give it defensively. He is maybe giving the workload to others defensively a little bit too much at the moment.”
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