Addition via Subtraction – Can The Dogs Make Their Midfield Work Better Without Dunkley?

We’ve been caught up in the same thing not too long ago.

Right before the 2019 season, former Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd, not known for outlandish takes (LOL), declared that the Collingwood midfield may just be the best the game has ever seen.

That’s right – forget those Brisbane Lions teams of the early 2000s, or the West Coast teams featuring Judd, Cousins, and Kerr – this Collingwood team was set to take all before them.

Only they didn’t, did they?

Having acquired Dayne Beams from Brisbane in a highly-controversial move, the Pies boasted a set-up comprising of Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom coming off a stellar 2018, Taylor Adams, Adam Treloar, and Jordan de Goey. Not a bad lineup – granted, however, the Beams trade turned out to be a disaster, Sidebottom was relegated to a wing, and less than two years later, Treloar was deemed expendable, shipped off to join the Western Bulldogs.

And how did this “best midfield ever” travel in 2019?

I’m glad I asked.


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