Jump to content

Demonland

Salem Re-Signs Until 2021

Recommended Posts

On 3/9/2019 at 11:38 AM, Deeoldfart said:

Salo always seems to find time and space to exercise his silky skills and football smarts, and his hardness belies his demeanour.   He might fly under the radar a bit, but he's a unique and vital cog in our wheel.  I'm rapt to have him on board.  

Agree on all points.

In terms of time and space he is really skilled at getting back on his left foot kick and doesn't seem to be forced to kick with his right very often (the few kicks i can recall on his right foot have been serviceable IIRC).

Has an excellent quick drop and stab kick too when needed. And can kick of the side of his boot when required to go short and wide

Great vision of who is available to kick to completes the package.

Very happy about this signing.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)
On 3/13/2019 at 9:17 PM, Lord Neville X Flash said:

If he can get 23-27 touches a game, he is a great chance for AA ($51 on SB). One of only 3 AFL players rated as 'elite' in disposal efficiency in 2018. Potential emulate Laird, Simpson, a better Brent Guerra even?

I've huge hopes for the kid

 

Salem has gone to the next level.   Hope he wins the best and fairest, he could be  leading it right now.  Brilliant player.  Without his skills we could be winless, he is that important. 

Hes too good to not be hitting the scoreboard though, and the same with Oliver.   Neither has kicked a goal this season.

Edited by Petraccattack
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Petraccattack said:

 

Salem has gone to the next level.   Hope he wins the best and fairest, he could be  leading it right now.  Brilliant player.  Without his skills we could be winless, he is that important. 

Hes too good to not be hitting the scoreboard though, and the same with Oliver.   Neither has kicked a goal this season.

You can excuse Salem as he plays most of his footy the defensive side of the centre.

Oliver needs to kick goals to be considered an elite super star mid.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Love him, named for him!!

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Was excellent in the finals last year, which I think has brought him to the attention of a lot of the football media and public.  Has gone to the next level this year, but I don't think it's come at a huge surprise to any MFC fans as it's always felt like a matter of time for Salem to bring it all together.  Looks fit, healthy and confident.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Salem is the bright spot in a pretty average season to date...

  • Like 6

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

David King made an interesting comment in last night’s Fox Footy call. He said Salem should be playing forward of centre as he looks like the only one who can be relied on to hit a target.

Don’t disagree with that- although it could be robbing Peter to pay Paul. However at the moment Paul needs all the help he can get!

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Key Deefender said:

David King made an interesting comment in last night’s Fox Footy call. He said Salem should be playing forward of centre as he looks like the only one who can be relied on to hit a target.

Don’t disagree with that- although it could be robbing Peter to pay Paul. However at the moment Paul needs all the help he can get!

Makes no sense...you generally set up your forward targets from half back to the centre. That's where Salem is.

We don't need Salem to be a target, we need him to keep hitting them up.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Love this player. On track for a top 5 B&F finish I reckon. Two way runner, plays tough, consistently uses the ball well. 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, rjay said:

Makes no sense...you generally set up your forward targets from half back to the centre. That's where Salem is.

We don't need Salem to be a target, we need him to keep hitting them up.

King wasn't suggesting Salem be a target but more that he hits up targets from forward of centre rather than from further back. And yes we obviously lose something from the backline, however our delivery inside 50 is our biggest achilles at the moment. Must be worth a try - he can always be moved back again.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Salem has done a very unDemon thing: he extended his contract and is subsequently having his best year. 

  • Like 5
  • Shocked 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

.

Edited by Lucifer's Hero

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
5 hours ago, Key Deefender said:

David King made an interesting comment in last night’s Fox Footy call. He said Salem should be playing forward of centre as he looks like the only one who can be relied on to hit a target.

Don’t disagree with that- although it could be robbing Peter to pay Paul. However at the moment Paul needs all the help he can get!

He played on the wing in the first JLT. Game but with injurys to... Everyone. They have been forced to play him as a defender. With Hibbard, Lever, May and Jetta fit I'd like to see them release him up the ground

Edited by ArtificialWisdom
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, Key Deefender said:

King wasn't suggesting Salem be a target but more that he hits up targets from forward of centre rather than from further back. And yes we obviously lose something from the backline, however our delivery inside 50 is our biggest achilles at the moment. Must be worth a try - he can always be moved back again.

I get that, but my point is inside 50's are set up from the back half coming through the midfield.

If he's forward of centre then he becomes more of a target or defensive forward.

It's hard to improve delivery inside 50 if you're already inside 50...

That's why I don't think King's point stands up.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
27 minutes ago, rjay said:

I get that, but my point is inside 50's are set up from the back half coming through the midfield.

If he's forward of centre then he becomes more of a target or defensive forward.

It's hard to improve delivery inside 50 if you're already inside 50...

That's why I don't think King's point stands up.

It was a passing comment from King and not really dwelt on. My feeling when he said it was that he would prefer him coming from midfield and going forward hitting up forwards rather than half back moving towards midfield. I don't think he had him already camping inside 50. Agree inside 50s are often set up from half back, but not always. His reasoning was our inside 50s are so poor changing things up couldn't hurt by using our best kick to give our forwards a chance. Times like this it would be good to have two Salems! 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm just going to add myself to the Salem love party here.

Not many characteristics earn a player more respect than showing consistency when your team is being highly unreliable.

As others have ntoed, he also has a 'completeness' as a footballer that would make it perfectly reasonable to wish for three or four of him on your list, without any worry about team balance or positions.

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If the Bluey votes were tallied right now, I have little doubt that Christian Salem would be leading the board. Big difference between Brownlow votes between two teams each week and internal club voting for best player in the one side each week. If he maintains his current form I'd back him in.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Key Deefender said:

My feeling when he said it was that he would prefer him coming from midfield and going forward hitting up forwards rather than half back moving towards midfield.

Why can't a Winger go into defence to receive the ball,  ahead of him bringing the ball up field Via run or foot-skills...  If he kicks it ahead,  he can run to get involved again.

It will take a lot of running.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, maximum bob said:

If the Bluey votes were tallied right now, I have little doubt that Christian Salem would be leading the board. Big difference between Brownlow votes between two teams each week and internal club voting for best player in the one side each week. If he maintains his current form I'd back him in.

I reckon running second to Harmes

Salem has got off to a great start in 2019 in a side that has when all is said done been pretty poor

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12 hours ago, TeamPlayedFine39 said:

Was excellent in the finals last year, which I think has brought him to the attention of a lot of the football media and public.  Has gone to the next level this year, but I don't think it's come at a huge surprise to any MFC fans as it's always felt like a matter of time for Salem to bring it all together.  Looks fit, healthy and confident.

 

Many here wanted him traded a few years ago...

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The only player I want kicking the ball these days 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We can’t ever lose him. “Except for Salem” is an important element of “we have no-one who can kick except for Salem”.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Would love to see him in the midfield next year.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Social Media

  • Match Previews, Reports & Articles

    HOW FAR SOUTH? by George on the Outer

    It was appropriate that Melbourne was playing its last game of season 2019 in Hobart.  After all, how much further south could the team go? And much as it has done in many of the previous 22 games, the side managed to extract a loss from a winning position by simply giving the ball back to the opposition time and time again. In fact, they gave it back to the opposition to the tune of 53 points from turnovers while, by way of contrast North Melbourne contributed  only 17 points to their oppo

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    COOKED by The Oracle

    I can vividly remember when the Demons ventured onto Blundstone Arena for the first time in early 2016 only to lose to the Kangaroos by 20.11.131 to 21.10.136.    Melbourne was then a team on the up and up: young, enthusiastic and bold. It gave up a huge quarter time deficit after kicking against a strong wind but made that up by half time and fell dramatically short after an exciting high scoring affair.  The team lost no fans that day - they were willing to take the game on and attac

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    HELP by KC rom Casey

    The Casey Demons finished off their home and away season against Frankston at Skybus Stadium on Sunday with a narrow, unconvincing 6-point victory that left the door slightly open for a top eight berth when the VFL finals begin in a fortnight’s time. While sunny skies prevailed over Frankston in the morning, the skies became overcast by noon and heavy waves pounded the bay nearby as the rains came in to greet the players as the game started. And conditions stayed dark and dreary for the rem

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles

    THANKS BUT NO THANKS by George on the Outer

    Thanks, but no thanks! In a round where the club was supposed to thank their fans for the support during the year, the Melbourne Football Club chose to do otherwise with a 53 point loss to a team that sat 15th on the ladder.  Don’t give us cheap jumpers that can’t be sold in the Demon shop.  Don’t give us vouchers to shop there, give us something on the field, which is why we come to the football in the first place. It was a disgraceful performance, which started with a disgracefu

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    SLEEP OUT AT THE MCG by The Oracle

    Around about 12 months ago Melbourne and Sydney fought out an epic battle between two top eight teams fighting for the best possible ladder position in the lead up to the finals. The Swans triumphed by 9 points at the MCG after the Demons came back from five goals down at three quarter time. But for its poor kicking for goal, Melbourne might well have won the game and finished in the top four. Who knows what might then have happened for the club in September? As a consequence, the person re

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    A LITTLE RAY OF SUNSHINE by KC from Casey

    Two clubs that have been hard hit by injury recently took part in a dour battle under dark clouds and, with intermittent showers falling, it wasn’t a pretty game at Victoria Park on Sunday. Despite all that, the Casey Demons added a little ray of sunshine to their day to get the job done over a "traditional" rival with a 15 point victory over Collingwood VFL that breathed life back into their season. There were a few highlights at the ground that in past days has seen many titanic batt

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles

    THE RETRO ROUND by George on the Outer

    We have seen it all before… Yes, a wonderful idea to showcase what used to be in football.  Big crowds, umpires who knew how to apply the rules and not opinions, high marks, skilful players. But for the Melbourne supporters their retro is what it has been like for the past 10 years. Losing games, end on end, year after year.  Opportunities squandered in front of goal. VFL standard players running around at the MCG. Just more of the same, and the game against Collingwood was no ex

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    THE PEOPLE SPEAK by The Demonland Crew

    Thanks to Demonlanders for their input into this week’s preview. Ralphius Maximus is short and bittersweet: We'll crack in at the bounce to create a contest, win our share of the ball, butcher the forward movement and get scored on easily from the intercepts. Not that hard to predict. Big Demon says: Unfortunately Collingwood will win because they have a lot more to play for. We will be good in parts but really the season is well over so we will have to put up with those bell

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    WHAT, NO BLOOD? by George on the Outer

    The feeling when turning up to the MCG on a Saturday night to play a top four side in Richmond, while the Melbourne sits cemented in close proximity to the bottom of the table is like attending the Colosseum in Ancient Roman times. The expectation is that a bloodbath is about to occur. There are 100,000 Richmond members and 50,000 Melbourne members, and despite the fact that it turned out to be a wet night after half-time, a crowd of only 37K bothered to turn up. That should never have happ

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Reports

    A MAN’S ERRAND by KC from Casey

    A young and undermanned Casey Demons were sent out on Saturday to the Swinburne Centre in the shadows of the MCG on a man’s errand against a very experienced Richmond VFL combination which is the clear ladder leader and fielded no less than 18 AFL listed players. It was expected to be a rout and the Tigers made easy work of it in the early stages when they held a 26 point lead by quarter time. To their credit however, the Demons weathered the storm and kept their opponents within the range

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles

    THAT’S FOOTBALL by Whispering Jack

    As the season rolls on towards the finals and the football world witnesses the aftermath of the sacking of the league’s unsuccessful coaches, it’s almost  inevitable that the spotlight will turn firmly upon the complete and utter failure of season 2019 - the Melbourne Football Club.  For a team that finished in fourth place last year and was heavily touted as a premiership contender, the fall from grace has been dramatic. As things stand, the Demons look certain to finish 13 places down on

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Match Previews

    THE MOMENT OF TRUTH IS COMING by KC from Casey

    At half time in Sunday’s game at Trevor Barker Beach Oval, things weren’t looking too flash for the flailing finals prospects of the Casey Demons. Key forward Sam Weideman had suffered a concussion in his first contest and, with a few exceptions, the team was playing like a rabble rather than a finals contender. The Demons were 23 points in arrears to the Zebras and their season was headed towards oblivion. It was the skipper Mitch White who spurred his team on by word and by deed - he fini

    Demonland
    Demonland |
    Casey Articles

×
×
  • Create New...