Each week, The Behind Post looks at who’s falling behind the pack and failing to live up to expectations. If things don’t go according to plan for this player or team this round, they could well be bashed from pillar to post come Monday morning.
Carlton forward Levi Casboult must kick some goals! The key forward has a sensational set of hands. There’s no doubt, he has the potential to be an absolute star. Casboult consistently takes several good marks a game, however fails to convert set shots at goals.
As a full forward or centre half forward, the prime objective is to score goals. Casboult simply isn’t doing that. Mick Malthouse has kept the faith before dropping the youngster last week. However, he is back in the side this week and must deliver.
Patience is running thin at the Blues with Casboult’s kicking for goal becoming a weekly topic on AFL talk shows. If he cannot rectify his problem, it could prematurely end his career.
Casboult has played three games this year for a return of 2.4. Since his debut in 2012, he has played 39 games for a return of 31.34, with a conversion rate of less than 50%. Casboult averages 5.3 marks and 5.8 kicks per game, showing that as a forward he doesn’t have any trouble getting the ball.
The 25 year-old has possibly his best chance for the season this week against Brisbane to prove to Malthouse that he warrants another selection next week. The struggling Lions don’t have the tall timber down back to deal with the 198cm’s marking ability, so he must make it count.
However, all his efforts may be in vein if hasn’t practised his kicking during the week. His number one concern is his goal kicking, which is far too wayward and way below AFL standard.
If Casboult doesn’t perform this week, Malthouse should let him have a long stint in the reserves to find form before recalling the much maligned forward.