The reason why gun Richmond forward is not rated elite

SEN - Wed, 26th Feb 2020 - 0 Comments

When Champion Data released their ratings earlier this year, they had Richmond’s Tom Lynch rated as just an ‘average’ player.

The key forward had just come off a successful debut season with the Tigers which saw him kick 63 goals in a premiership campaign but he could not crack the elite player category.

Despite Lynch’s enormously positive impact at his new club, the rankings only saw him as run of the mill, but there is a simple explanation according to Champion Data analyst Daniel Hoyne.

“If we had a look at Tom Lynch’s season, purely from about Round 11 or 12 onwards last year, he would probably be in that elite category for a key forward,” Hoyne said on SEN Breakfast.

“But what we are doing is having a look over the two-year period.

“At Gold Coast in 2018 he did battle a little bit, and probably more so in the first half of last year for Richmond. Coming back from injury we knew he was obviously going to take his time. Then he flew home.

“Expect his rating next year to significantly change if he continues to do what he did.”

Lynch kicked 28 goals in 13 games prior to the bye before his game went up a notch with 35 majors in the back half of the season, including nine in three finals, coinciding with Richmond’s 12-game winning streak.

The 27-year-old finished the season as the third highest goal kicker in the competition while taking the most contested marks and the most marks inside 50, plus ranking in the top 10 for score involvements.

Listen to Champion Data’s Hoyne on SEN Breakfast below: