Tim Watson believes Alex Fasolo’s inability to tackle and apply defensive pressure is a major flaw in his game and the main reason why Collingwood are prepared to let the forward leave the club.
Fasolo, 26, has been linked with a move to rivals Carlton after playing just one senior game for the Magpies in 2018.
“Looking at the numbers from him and I was comparing them against some of the other players that probably play a similar way, his numbers are well down, particularly when you talk about pressure acts,” Watson told SEN Breakfast.
“And this is the knock on Alex Fasolo, his inability to be able to tackle and participate in the defensive part of the game as a forward.
“If you were to break his game down, he’s almost like a small key position type player.
“I don’t think he pokes his head in the same places that Jordan De Goey’s prepared to poke his head.
“Collingwood have said all that too, there’s no doubt they would have broken his game down and said: ‘ok, we know you’ve got talent, but you need to be able to this, this and this or we’re not going to be able to play you at this level, because the game has moved on.’”
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Melbourne great Garry Lyon says Fasolo has it all to prove with a move to the Blues looming.
“He might come out a kick five in a JLT match and you start getting really excited about the player,” Lyon said.
“Ultimately, he needs to prove it again over a long period.”
Fasolo has played 101 games for the Pies, booting 133 goals.