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2018 Player Reviews: #5 Christian Petracca

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Christian Petracca is making gradual progress at the club and will be expected to improve on his consistency to live up to the promise he showed when recruited as a # 2 draft selection. Kicked 19 goals and was selected in the AFL Players Association Under 22 team for a second time but we believe he can and will do much better.

Date of Birth: 4 January, 1996

Games MFC 2018: 24

Career Total: 63

Goals MFC 2018: 19

Career Total: 57

Votes 2018 Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Memorial Trophy: 268 votes

 

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Is it time or better fitness that will make him the super star we think he can become. I believe he can be a devastating player if he can become consistent.

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Needs to lose 5kg and improve his endurance

Runs out of puff 10 minutes into each quarter

Needs training and management but in the end he just has to want it badly enough to put in the hard work

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Christian is traveling well although we believe he should be doing better as  he is still learning his craft. He will find that spark and all will come together with him . A player that can get out of traffic and set someone up and on the run or off 3 steps kicks the ball like a Mule and hits targets with ease is a valuable commodity. 

If there is query with his game it is his set shots at goal and lacking a touch of fitness. Petrac is already a star however he can do alot better he just needs a breakout game just to break it open.

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Clearly he needed a little rocket at his exit meeting or at the least, some stern words. 

It's always obvious to see when a player needs to put in more work. He needs to look at the way Clary turned himself around, Gawn the same, Salem's pre-season last year etc. 

Those three have reaped the benefits of having enormous off-seasons. Petracca only needs one and he will explode, then hopefully never look back. 

They're still young, it obviously takes time to get an understanding of what elite preparation and work ethic looks like if you don't already display it. 

So much upside it's riciculous. 

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A real enigma when he's hot he's hot when he's not he's not. Needs to get fitter and move into the midfield if he wants to get better.

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He has all the attributes and is still building. I just can't help but feel he should be better than he actually is. Gus went past him this year both in impact and consistency. I still think he has another gear or two left to go.

I keep waiting for a break out game where it all comes together but it is looking more like a slow incremental build. I'm ok with that so long as it keeps going, he is nowhere near his full potential. I agree with the earlier comment that dropping a couple of kgs and building a bigger tank will get him into more contests. I think he is better in the midfield too, until he can sort out his head with his set shots. 

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Yes he is making reasonable progress but I’m getting tired of hearing people say how there is one game coming where it’s all going to come together. This has clearly been the wrong attitude, as mentioned earlier I will be happy with the slow build. 

Needs to play more midfield, I think a permanent forward role will do nothing for his game. 

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Considering his poor set-shot abilities, and his overall talent, the only reason CP isn’t playing more midfield minutes is that he doesn’t have the tank. It’ll improve, but game-long, on-ball endurance may not be his thing.

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His major achievement of last season was hanging out with Ben Simmons and Lebron James in nightclubs, and boy did he let the world know about it. He followed up with a quite frankly mediocre 2018 season, with a couple of good games thrown in.

Hopefully this off season he can replicate the efforts of players such as Gawn, Oliver and Salem who apparently all went above and beyond in their preparations this time last year.

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On 10/12/2018 at 8:37 AM, FarNorthernD said:

He just needs a good pre-season.......

Thanks, Col.  How is Freo going?  What was it really like to play under Ross? That bad?

But back on trac - he has absolutely enormous talent and potential, and I feel this generation of Demons (unlike the aforementioned) have the structure and the leadership on and off the field to help him (yes help him, needs to put in and dedicate himself) to reach the elite level.

Go Tracc!

Show us all, and show the sceptics.

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17 hours ago, monoccular said:

Thanks, Col.  How is Freo going?  What was it really like to play under Ross? That bad?

But back on trac - he has absolutely enormous talent and potential, and I feel this generation of Demons (unlike the aforementioned) have the structure and the leadership on and off the field to help him (yes help him, needs to put in and dedicate himself) to reach the elite level.

Go Tracc!

Show us all, and show the sceptics.

I see what you did there. Well done.

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