SEN analyst David King has put the pressure on Essendon spearhead Joe Daniher, labelling him as having the potential to be the best player by the end of 2018.
The key forward had a breakout year in 2017, and adopted a more accurate goal kicking routine, on his way to finishing the season with 65 goals.
Luckily for Daniher, the Bombers play a fast-flowing, slingshot type game style and with their forwards pushing up, it allows Daniher to have a one-on-one contest, in which he is rarely beaten.
The tall forward’s athleticism is one of the best in his position, and if Essendon can keep their speed, especially with the acquisition of Adam Saad across half-back, look for Daniher to break the 70 goal mark this season.
“I think Joe Daniher could be the best player in the comp at the end of the season and that’s as a unique forward. I think he’ll go past Buddy Franklin this year as the number one forward,” King said on SEN‘s Whateley.
“He kicks goals off the ground. He’s a wonderful crumbing player, he can kick goals from 60 metres out, a little bit like what Franklin did in his infancy. You just see this rare talent that can do different things.”
With Orazio Fantasia out for the first month of the season, the load will be piled on Daniher and new recruit Jake Stringer, to be able to create opportunities from nothing, and share the workload of kicking the Bombers to a winning score.