PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: Elliot Yeo of the Eagles looks to handball during the round one AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Sydney Swans at Optus Stadium on March 25, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Former Melbourne great Garry Lyon has named West Coast’s Elliot Yeo as the best player in the competition.

The big-bodied midfielder is coming off an impressive shut-down performance on Carlton star Patrick Cripps in Sunday’s clash.

Yeo restricted the Blues co-captain to just 14 disposals and was able to rack up 25 of his own, to go with 10 tackles and six marks.

Lyon loves Yeo’s capacity to take responsibility and step up to big assignments.

“Why I keep saying I think Elliot Yeo is the best player in the competition – he takes responsibility,” Lyon told SEN Breakfast.

“He goes head to head with the big dogs. I just think he’s unbelievable.”

He also admitted to being wrong about Eagles skipper Shannon Hurn, who he labelled the “perfect captain”.

“I want to put my hand up and say how wrong I got them early last year when I questioned whether they had the right leader in Shannon Hurn,” Lyon said.

“I sort of sat there going, this is from the other side of the country, he seemed quiet and unassuming and I thought they needed someone with a bit more bravado.

“I mean, he’s a premiership captain so that in itself says how wrong I was, but he is the perfect captain for that football club.

“No fuss, doesn’t get carried away, doesn’t get beaten and just does his job.”