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Top 5 Most Disappointing Recruits in 2016

  • Top 5 Most Disappointing Recruits in 2016

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 01: Lewis Jetta of the Eagles tackles Jeremy Howe of the Magpies across the boundary line during the round six AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Collingwood Magpies at Domain Stadium on May 1, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

There's been a lot of recruits from last season that have come to their new club had an immediate impact. 

Patrick Dangerfield, Adam Treloar, James Kelly, Steve Johnson, just to name a few, but there are some that came with great hope that they'd add something to their new club and have unfortunately fallen flat. 

5. MICHAEL TALIA (SYDNEY SWANS)

Unfortunately for Talia, controversy follows him wherever he goes and that hasn't changed when he joined the Swans at the end of the 2015 season for a fourth round pick. Talia managed only the one game this season before suffering a foot injury that ruled him out for two to three months. Not far from returning from said injury, he was caught in possession of cocaine and immediately stood down by the club, pending further investigation. Given the Swans need for key defenders, it's really bad timing for Talia. 

*Unfortunately their was no picture attached with him in Sydney gear. I know how picky some of our readers can be!


4. JIMMY TOUMPAS (PORT ADELAIDE)

Port Adelaide were hoping that Toumpas being back in his home state that he may have come on and become a really good contributor this season, much like Jared Polec's first season since crossing from the Lions a few years ago. But that's been nowhere near the case, with Toumpas spending most of the season in the SANFL. Toumpas has managed just the seven games since crossing from the Demons and looks a shadow of his junior self, where ALL recruiters labeled him a better talent than Ollie Wines in their draft year. How things change.


3. JACK REDDEN (WEST COAST)

Eagles fans were raving about the addition of Jack Redden at the end of the season last year, but unfortunately for them, Redden hasn't lived up to expectations, being dropped twice this season already. Redden in 15 games this season is averaging just 16 disposals and having little to no impact on matches. It is statistically his worst season since entering the competition in 2009, where he averaged 13 disposals in ten games. He is a quality midfielder, we've seen that from his day at the Brisbane Lions where he was consistently averaging mid 20's from 2011-2015. Averaging three clangers and two free kicks a game also, one I'm sure Redden is disappointed with himself. 


2. TROY MENZEL (ADELAIDE)

Now this hurts, because I rate this kid very highly but he just hasn't come on at Adelaide like we all thought he would. And fair credit to coach Don Pyke who said his fitness levels to play at the top level were not up to scratch and we're yet to see him this season in the navy blue, red and yellow. It is hard to argue that there is a spot in that side for him with the likes of Eddie Betts and Charlie Cameron running amok down in the forward line, but Menzel needs to force the coaches hand with his work at training. Really disappointing not to see him at all this season, despite a few minor injuries here and there.


1. LEWIS JETTA (WEST COAST)

Here I was at the start of the season, labeling Lewis Jetta the recruit to watch out for in 2016, thinking that the wide open spaces of Domain Stadium would allow him the freedom and space to run and do as he pleases. Well, isn't that egg on my face? Jetta has by far been the most disappointing recruit this season given the ability he has at his disposal. He has little work ethic, little endeavor to win the football, and subsequently, has been dropped for his form a number of occasions this season. The Eagles will be hoping he can give them something in the coming weeks as he can provide that X-Factor that's needed in a finals series.

 Who are your most disappointing recruits of 2016?


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