MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 15: Jake Lever of the Demons handpasses the ball during the round four AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Melbourne Demons at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 15, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Lever’s hefty price tag starting to get questioned

Fox Footy Analyst and media personality, David King, has gone on the prowl again, this time questioning the structures within the Demons’ lineup, especially their defence.

Sunday’s 67-point defeat was a sign of the continued problems with the back six, conceding 115 points to the Hawks, with the acquisition of Jake Lever getting scrutinised each time he steps onto the field.

“There were some embarrassing mistakes down back yesterday,” King told SEN Mornings.

“They didn’t function, they didn’t defuse any high balls coming into the goal square and the pressure of the Hawks’ small forwards was too much for them.”

The price tag for Lever, who was the best intercepting defender in 2017, was quite a large one, conceding two first round draft picks, as well as offering a massive four-year contract.

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Lever had the fortune of playing with the likes of Daniel Talia, Kyle Hartigan, Luke Brown and Rory Laird and Brodie Smith in Adelaide’s back six, allowing him to roam free and not be a key match-up. However, in the Demons’ lineup, the requirement is a little different to that in Adelaide.

Jake Lever has been the big import and they’ve had to change their back six to accommodate that he couldn’t play key position,” King said.

“They had to bring Frost in to play a more rigid centre half back type role to allow Lever to become a flanker.”

Melbourne get a lengthy break, with their next game coming in the annual ANZAC Day Eve clash against the reigning premiers, Richmond.

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