Star recruit Adam Treloar believes some tough love is called for at AFL club Collingwood.
The Magpies suffered an upset loss to Carlton on Saturday and slipped to 14th on the ladder.
Treloar told the Seven Network that injuries were no excuse for the 2-5 start to the season and that players needed to adopt a team-first mindset.
“It’s just a bit of tough love,” Treloar said, when asked how to fix the side’s problems.
“We’ve used 35 players or something (this season) and that’s through injuries but also through form as well.
“We’re trying to get the players in and really trying to push them to make sure they’re doing the right thing for the team.”
Treloar added that criticism of coach Nathan Buckley was unfair, saying the slump was “completely on the players”.
“It’s not that they’re thinking this is all about me,” he said.
“But I think when stuff starts hitting the fan, you start to really think ‘how am I going’.
“Whereas you should really try to express yourself and try and make your teammates better.
“Not everyone’s doing that consistently, which is really letting us down.”