He talked up Collingwood’s engine room, saying they “have a list as long as any club in the competition for players who can go through the middle.”
“Taylor Adams, Jordan De Goey, Scott Pendlebury, Tom Phillips, Steele Sidebottom, Josh Thomas, Brayden Maynard and Daniel Wells — whether they start in the centre or play a cameo role during the game, Collingwood’s riches here give it an incredible advantage,” he said.
Malthouse referenced how the Pies’ top three goalkickers last year, Jamie Elliott, Alex Fasolo and Darcy Moore, have barely featured this season, and that the team has maximised the talent of a medium-sized forward line in 2018.
“Their number of medium-sized players who can double up in the middle or go forward and kick multiple goals is astonishing.
“Scharenberg has changed the dynamics of the backline, beating every key forward he has played on this season.
“Dunn has been a revelation as a key back and, he too, is rarely beaten.
“Howe, who missed last week, has been the most exciting player in the air in the past two years. He continues to be Collingwood’s best intercept player and sets them up from behind centre,” he said.
The coaching legend thinks their main challenge will be getting the balance right, but praised the club’s decision to re-appoint Nathan Buckley as their senior coach.
“The foresight and faith from the board to reappoint him for a further two years gave Buckley the license to continue building that brand and it’s paying off for him and the Magpies.
Malthouse also liked Collingwood’s ball movement and ability to dominate stoppages.
He asserts that a win over the Demons on Monday could be proof that the Magpies are every chance to come from nowhere to win the 2018 flag, just as the past two premiers did.