Essendon are well aware of the "special talent" that is West Coast young gun Harley Reid, but the Bombers know "it's not just Harley" they're coming up against on Saturday night.

The Eagles are looking to return to winning ways this weekend when they welcome Essendon to Optus Stadium as Reid returns from a week off following two starring performances in successive wins.

The teenage sensation has taken the competition by storm early into his maiden AFL campaign, living up to the unprecedented hype that has surrounded him.

Reid's damaging contested work, physicality and aerial prowess caused headaches for Richmond and Fremantle last month, with Essendon the next club needing to quell the Pick 1 selection's form.

While the Bombers will have a plan for Reid - who trained with Essendon and featured for their VFL side during his draft campaign - coach Brad Scott knows his side's attention will need to be spread evenly across the Eagles' lineup to return to Tullamarine with four premiership points.

"We put time into everyone, first-year players or their really experienced players," Scott told media on Wednesday.

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"[Reid] is as good as everyone says he is, there's no surprises to us. We had him train with us for a couple of weeks when he was in the AFL Academy, we had him play in our VFL team.

"We're not surprised at all with the footy he's playing. He's a special talent, a really impressive young man.

"But it's not just Harley... West Coast have good availability now. They've got a strong lineup. We're going to have to be at our best."

The Bombers - who are coming off an Anzac Day draw to Collingwood - will be buoyed by the availability of youngster Archie Perkins and forward Matt Guelfi, who are up for selection following hamstring and calf issues.

Tall forward Harrison Jones is also available after being cleared of structural damage to his face in last Thursday's thriller.

"It's always great to have your personnel available," Scott said.

"We think - provided Archie trains well - he's had a really strong rehab block. We've been conservative with him.

"We're assuming he'll get through the session strongly today and we'll have a selection dilemma.

"Whether we go with the same structure (as Anzac Day) we're not sure yet. Wait until we get through our main session and get our full availability list, then we'll make a decision."

Archie Perkins during the AFL match between Essendon and Adelaide, Round 4, 2022 (Photo by Cameron Grimes / Zero Digital Media

The Bombers will also weigh up how their side's structure will get the most out of Saturday's fixture, with Scott naming a tall attacking outfit in Round 7.

Essendon had Jones, Kyle Langford, Peter Wright and their ruck duo of Sam Draper and Todd Goldstein take on Collingwood, with a smaller side potentially an option for the game against West Coast.

Scott said his selection considerations are more than just weighing up whether to drop one of Draper or Goldstein, with the Bombers facing "a different challenge" compared to previous rounds.

"Drapes, we think, is a very, very effective forward," Scott said.

"I think there's positive pressure for spots. We're all about actions, if everyone keeps delivering then if we've got all of our talls then we'll play them all.

"[This week] is a different challenge in terms of structure. West Coast are playing some good footy, we're well aware of the threats they pose.

"We'll still select a side we think is best equipped to get the job done against them."

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