Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd has listed his top seven most inconsistent players in the AFL for Sportsday Radio.
Lloyd has gone with Adelaide captain Taylor Walker as his most inconsistent player in the AFL, ahead of Essendon’s Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti and Sydney’s Sam Reid.
Walker was heralded as one of the best key forwards and captains in the competition in 2017, but has since struggled for consistency.
In his 11 seasons of senior football, Walker has kicked over 50 goals three times and averages 2.3 goals per game.
“He’s a good player but not a great player… I think two or three times a year he will be in the best players, but I think great players will be in there for half the season, but Tex has never done that,” Lloyd said.
Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti form has mirrored Essendon this season. At his best McDonald-Tipungwuti is one of the best small forwards in the competition, while at his worst he struggles to get a kick.
Prior to round 10, McDonald-Tipungwuti’s last 12 games for the Bombers heralded six wins and six losses. In those wins, he kicked 23.1, and in defeats he failed to hit the scoreboard.
Third on Lloyd’s list is Reid who has been an enigma throughout his career. Reid had one of his best games against Collingwood last week, kicking six goals to almost win the game for the Swans.
But Reid’s career has been blighted by injuries and dips in form that has prevented the forward from reaching his potential.
Other players to make Lloyd’s list include Chad Wingard, Jack Watts, Mitch McGovern and Steven Motlop.
Watts is unlucky to make the list as his season was cut short by a broken leg and dislocated ankle. The week before the injury Watts played arguably the best game of his career and seemed to have been on track for the career-defining season.
But Lloyd has selected his list by the individual’s career and over the course of his 11 seasons in the game, Watts has been one of the most inconsistent players.
.@MatthewLloyd18's top 7 current AFL players who have too large a gap between their best and their worst.
— Sportsday (@SportsdayRadio) May 28, 2019