These are five players that I believe that are highly underrated and should be praised for their efforts so far in 2020. Two them should be in the All Australian conversation.
North Melbourne, Cameron Zurhaar
Been a great player for North for a while now and should be in All Australian conversation. Zurhaar has been averaging nine disposals a game and has been elite goal kicker with 1.4 goals a game.
I know it’s his second season but boy he has been a shining light for the Roos. He has kicked 11 goals for the season and this includes his performance against Essendon in a loss, kicking two goals and having 19 disposals.
Not bad for a small forward.
He is underrated and if he went to a big club he would be in the same conversation with likes of Toby Green and Tom Papley and is someone to watch in the next half of the season.
Richmond, Mabior Chol
Mabior is has been having a great 2020 with being a key in the forward line for Richmond. The way he plays has a lot flare about him and with this comes high-class pressure acts, which help Richmond dominated games. He has been an excellent player for Richmond for some time.
Even though averages seven disposals a game and has only kick three goals for the season, his defensive acts have help Richmond lock the ball in and has added a new dimension to Richmond’s forward line.
If he kicks more goals and takes his marks he will be there with likes of Tom Lynch and will be someone that will much be needed in Richmond’s forward line for years to come.
Gold Coast, Alex Sexton
A little left-field but is a great ball user and has been an unsung hero in an improved Gold Coast Suns side. He has been excellent for the Suns with averaging 9.3 disposals a game. That is down from his career average but kicks a goal in each game which has improved from last year.
He has eight goals as a small forward for this season. His best game came against the Bulldogs with three goals and 11 touches, which is excellent for a small forward. I think he has been lost in the conversation as people looking at Izak Rankine who is a gun but Sexton has been more consistent and is having an excellent 2020 and also had excellent 2019 as well which some people would have forgotten.
So Sexton is going from strength to strength and should be looked in the same category as Rankine and other elite small forwards of the game.
Carlton, Marc Pittonet
Another left-field choice but you have to pick him. Ever since he has started for Carlton he has been great.
As a ruckman has averaged 24.5 hit-outs a game and 7.5 hit outs to advance, which is excellent.
He has been key in helping Carlton winning the clearances – and the games. He has been an excellent pickup for the Blues and just maybe the Hawks will be ruing the decision to let him go.
North Melbourne, Trent Dumont
Another North player that needs to be recognised. Hee has been excellent for North over his 91 games. A great ball user, he was key to their win against the Crows on Saturday and has been an efficient ball user this year.
He has greatly improved from last year and has increased in every aspect of the game also leads North in pressure acts as well. Has been a star in a struggling team with his best game coming against Richmond with 25 touches and a goal in the 54-point loss.
Not to mention he is averaging 20 touches a game and is averaging 4.2 tackles a game. I think Dumont should be in the conversation for the All Australian team he deserves it.
Footy fans, I am wrong?