MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12: Charlie Curnow of the Blues celebrates on the final siren during the 2018 AFL round eight match between the Carlton Blues and the Essendon Bombers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 12, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Former Essendon great Matthew Lloyd believes that Charlie Curnow could be the AFL’s best player.

The 22-year-old is coming off a career best season that saw him kick 34 goals in 20 games and he will be looking to continue that form after his strong pre-season.

Lloyd believes that the young talent surrounding Curnow can help get the best out of the key forward.

“I’d say the hype around their top-end talent should be right because I think Charlie (Curnow) could be the best player in the game,” Lloyd told 3AW’s Sportsday.

“He reminds me a bit of (Anthony) Koutoufides in terms of the excitement he can bring to football.”

Despite his high hopes for Curnow, Lloyd was still low on Carlton as a team.

“I’m still thinking they’ll be bottom two or three,” he said.

“For Brendon Bolton’s sake, they can’t be 0-6. It has to be at least 2-4 to see some sort of improvement otherwise he’ll be under pressure.”