Carlton won’t win the flag in 2022, according to Fox Footy’s Jonathan Brown, with one glaring issue holding them back from challenging at the end of the season.
While admitting there’s “lots of elements to like” about the Blues under new coach Michael Voss, Brown said the club was still a few years away from the ultimate prize.
“I don’t think they’ll win a flag this year, but they’ve got a bit of Melbourne about them from about three or four years ago,” Brown said.
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Fox Footy’s Nick Riewoldt said Carlton’s turnover game was a concern for Voss, with the club ranked 11th in the competition.
“You can get seduced by the scoreboard sometimes and the ladder position,” he said On the Couch.
“They are defending with bigger intensity, but the way they got opened up in the second half (against Hawthorn) would be a concern.
“Without strong turnover game, history says you can’t compete at the end of the season.
“History says you won’t get it done at the right time of year.”
Riewoldt said there was plenty of positives for Carlton, with the Blues the number one scoring team from clearances to start 2022.
“You just need more balance in your game,” he said.
“I think what’s scary is there is scope for Carlton – there’s a lot of upside in Carlton’s game plan and system.
“It’s easy to forget Voss is three weeks in.”
Brown there was “every chance” Carlton could sit at the top of the AFL ladder by May, with games to come against three teams that missed finals in 2021 – Gold Coast, Fremantle and North Melbourne, and 2022 struggler Port Adelaide.