Carlton won’t win the flag in 2022, according to Fox Footy’s Jonathan Brown, with a glaring issue preventing them from fighting at the end of the season.
While admitting there are “a lot of things to love” about the Blues under new manager Michael Voss, Brown said the club are still a few years away from the ultimate price.
“I don’t think they’ll win a flag this year, but they got a bit of Melbourne about them about three or four years ago,” Brown said.
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Fox Footy’s Nick Riewoldt said Carlton’s rotation game was a concern for Voss, with the club ranked 11th in the competition.
“You can sometimes be seduced by the dash and the ladder position,” he said from the couch.
“They defend with greater intensity, but the way they opened up in the second half (against Hawthorn) would be concerning.
“Without strong rotational play, history says you can’t compete at the end of the season.
“History says you won’t do it at the right time of year.”
Riewoldt said there were plenty of positives for Carlton, with the Blues being the number one team in goal scoring from clearances until the start of 2022.
“You just need more balance in your game,” he said.
“I think the scary thing is that there is room for Carlton – there are a lot of upsides in Carlton’s game plan and system.
“It’s easy to forget that Voss is three weeks away.”
Brown there was ‘every chance’ Carlton could sit atop the AFL ladder by May, with games to come against three teams who missed the final in 2021 – Gold Coast, Fremantle and North Melbourne, and 2022 wrestler Port Adelaide.