MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11: Charlie Curnow of the Blues celebrates kicking a goal during the round eight AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Collingwood Magpies at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 11, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Melbourne great Garry Lyon has backed Blues youngster Charlie Curnow to continue his work rate in developing forward strengths following Carlton’s loss Collingwood in round eight.

Curnow put in a strong performance against the Pies but has battled injuries and form issues throughout his career, with Lyon backing the 22-year-old to put more effort into his time forward.

“(Curnow should) study forward line play like you would if you were studying for a law exam,” Lyon told SEN Breakfast.

“I see it as an area for improvement, but I also see a magnificent canvas to work with. He could be something pretty spectacular.”

Lyon added that Curnow still needs more time to develop before taking on tougher criticism.

“I still think he’s young, he’s still learning,” he said.

“Darcy Moore, who I’m all-in on, Curnow got the better of him on a couple of occasions which says to me that he’s got everything you need.

“He’s just got to add a few tricks and get something that becomes his stock and trade.”