Essendon coach John Worsfold reckons inaccuracy is the only thing stopping spearhead Joe Daniher from joining the AFL’s elite ranks.
Daniher was a rare shining light for the Bombers in their 82-point loss to Adelaide on Sunday, booting four goals and taking 11 marks.
With little in the way of quality supply coming his way, the 22-year-old worked tirelessly up the ground and was rewarded with his second bag of goals in as many games.
“I think this is the first time he’s kicked four goals or more two weeks in a row, so that’s a big feather in his cap,” Worsfold said after the 22.11 (143) to 9.7 (61) loss at Adelaide Oval.
“You’re talking about a young man that’s playing in a team that doesn’t have the class of players that most clubs have moving the ball towards him.
“His fight and competitiveness has been outstanding.”
Bombers fans are also likely to take heart from the fact Daniher has kicked no more than one behind in each of his past three games.
Daniher’s season figures of 34.24 – equal to his return from 22 games last year – have sparked plenty of talk about his inaccuracy.
But Worsfold said his young star’s outstanding attitude gave him plenty of confidence he would continue to improve.
“He could have had another 10 goals on the board this year, maybe 12, as he fixes his goalkicking and gets everything going well,” Worsfold said.
“That’s putting him up into the elite category.
“At the moment it’s accuracy that’s holding him back but he still hasn’t reached his full potential in terms of strength and fitness yet either.
“He’s untapped at the moment. He’s still a development player really.”