In this ten-part series we’ll try to find you that elusive breakout contender, the underpriced and undervalued gem who could decide your Supercoach season’s fate. Some basic criteria (which are a little flexible):
- Player is entering their second, third or fourth season in the league,
- Starting price somewhere between $350K and $500K, and
- Averaged somewhere between 70 to 90 ppg the previous season.
Next up is a Pies midfielder with a fearsome pedigree….
Josh DAICOS (COL)
2021 Starting Price: $442 200 midfielder
Scoring History (most recent first): 82.3 (16 games), 53.0 (5), 59.1 (10), 49.5 (2)
Why he will BREAKOUT this year: Son of the Macedonian Marvel, Josh Daicos was drafted by the Pies as father-son with the 57th pick in the 2016 draft as a skilful half-forward type. Given time to develop by Collingwood, Daicos only played a handful of games in each of his first three seasons, but emerged into the spotlight in 2020. Josh managed 20+ possessions in eight of his 16 games and four Supercoach tons, all topped off by the Goal of the Year award for an effort against the Swans that is best described as “Daicosesque”. With Treloar moved on to the Dogs, Pendlebury moving into the twilight of his glittering career and the next generation of Pies poised to take on more responsibility, it’s not difficult to see Daicos advancing his game even further in 2021.
Why he won’t: Even after four years in the system, Daicos is still very much an outside player and might not get the time on the ball he needs to further boost his scoring. His natural savvy around goals probably means he’ll spend a portion of his game time in that part of the ground also, which may spell trouble if the Pies struggle this season as predicted by many judges.
VERDICT: Another example of just how important forward status can be! All that time spent on the wing in 2020 means Daicos is mid only this year, which probably spells the end as far as many coaches are concerned. He should be watched closely however – pre-season reports on his form and fitness are very, very encouraging…
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