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Each year, at the end of the round-trip season, the 40-person AFL All-Australian squad is announced

And every year fans and media pundits lament the omission of their own favorite players Then, of course, they start over once the final side is announced

The biggest gripes this year on the original squad have apparently been directed at Steven May, Todd Goldstein, Lachie Whitfield and Jarryd Lyons

One player whose name you probably haven’t heard thrown into the mix with other unlucky omissions is Zach Merrett You really should have heard it, because it has to be said: Zach Merrett was a star in 2020 and his absence from the original 40-squad was as glaring as any of those players named above

49 inside 50 per game, ranked third, with five scoring commitments per game (ranked 26th) in a team that struggled to post a rugby league score most weeks

Well, in the context of any rational, semi-objective attempt to determine who were the best players for each position in 2020 … yes, they kind of are and in Merrett’s case, the numbers don’t lie (for the sake of transparency, the rankings above exclude players who have played less than half of the 17 possible matches for the 2020 season)

If you’re still not convinced Merrett would have been a worthy inclusion on this team, let’s look at West Coast’s Andrew Gaff for a quick comparison.

Why Gaff? Well, for starters he was picked to the All-Australian 2020 squad He has also become a fixture, having now been on the squad for five of the past six seasons and having been named to the final squads in 2015. and 2018

Gaff also plays a very similar role for his side to that of Merrett, being a modestly sized outside midfielder, who bounces between the center and the wing

So how are their figures per game in 2020? Ignoring stats where there wasn’t a significant difference between the two players, or where each player’s rating was so low it was negligible, here are the key categories where Merrett comes out on top:

Assignments (19), tackles (1), inside 50s (17), undisputed possessions (17), effective eliminations (16), yards gained (743m), clearances (14) and note the commitments (15)

I want to be clear that I am not making fun of Gaff He is an exceptional footballer who has had a good season He just so happens to be an ideal player to draw a meaningful comparison against

We don’t have to stop at Gaff either. We could keep Merrett’s season on par with those of Cam Guthrie and Hugh McCluggage – two other similar players who also made the cut for Team All- Australian (in Guthrie’s case, the last team) – and Merrett would compare favorably

If you still don’t, feel free to jump on footywirecom and use their handy player comparison tool if you want to run the numbers yourself

It’s also not as if this season is an anomaly for Merrett A quick glance at his performances since 2016 will show he’s a player of exceptional consistency And he’s still just 24 years

For starters, I don’t think Merrett’s appearance and demeanor on the pitch contributes to his cause In a world full of leg tattoos, bad hairstyles, and excessive goal celebrations, Merrett is about as vanilla as it gets

Being a little short, with a great poker face and a haircut that looks like it was done by her nan, isn’t going to attract a lot of glances there just isn’t anything flashy about the way Merrett look where it works Even pulling Nic Nat’s dreadlocks and breaking Jack Silvagni’s rib didn’t seem to upset his image

It also doesn’t help that he’s been doing essentially the same thing week after week, for the past five years, without any major peaks or troughs. It’s so easy to take a player for granted when you know exactly what you’re going to get out of every time they step onto the pitch

As soon as a hardworking, clean-cut, consistent guy is no longer the new kid on the block, it seems like they have to put up some absurd numbers to get the recognition they deserve Ask Lachie Neale

Of course, there’s also the fact that Merrett is playing for an average team that has apparently spent the best part of 2020 trying to relieve himself of all the admirers It can be hard to stand out when people are so focused on how your travel side

If you’re one of those people who almost forgot about Merrett, you can probably be excused.I’m not even convinced that his own club values ​​him as much as he should, having stripped him of his leadership role – and vice-captain – at the start of the year

A rumor was circulating at the time that Merrett was dumped because he was too demanding of his teammates I sincerely hope that is not true Can you imagine – a club that is regularly criticized for not not be ruthless enough, demoting someone for setting high standards?

And then there are the fans A disturbing number of Essendon supporters apparently don’t rate Merrett Over the past week, I’ve found myself in three separate online debates on Essendon’s Facebook pages, with people who remain steadfast in their belief that he was disappointed in 2020

Australian Football League, All-Australian team, Western Bulldogs, Andrew Gaff

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