Pure Footy: David King and Daniel Hoyne crunch the numbers on the game’s biggest trends

Carlton might be playing the most attractive football in the AFL but if the Blues care about winning games, it’s time for a major game plan adjustment.

That is the message from stats gurus David King and Daniel Hoyne on this week’s episode of Pure Footy.

Despite coming into the season with high hopes of making finals, the Blues are stuck in the familiar position of being 0-2 and already the pressure is building.

After losses to Richmond and Collingwood, the most damning stat which should have Carlton fans extremely worried is the club’s points conceded off turnovers.


Champion Data’s Hoyne explained that per 100 turnovers, the Blues are allowing their opposition to score 103 points.

That is the worst in the competition.

Carlton has a serious issue with points off turnovers. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Last year’s premier Richmond is conceding just 44 points per 100 turnovers while top of the ladder Port Adelaide is at 39.

That translates to Carlton being a long way off the pace when it comes to the competition’s elite.

“There was a press conference at the start of the season that Patrick Cripps was involved in and he mentioned that they want to be all-out attack, which is great,” Hoyne said.

“That’s why they’ve been so good to watch at the start of the season. But there is a difference between all-out attack and being sustainable.

Can David Teague tighten up Carlton’s attacking style? Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“If you’re talking about sustainable brands, they’re miles off at the moment.

“They’re more than 10 goals off the two best teams in the competition.

“Establishing that balance is going to be key moving forward. If Carlton keep dishing up these numbers from turnovers for the remainder of the season, you can just forget about finals action.”

Two-time North Melbourne premiership player King highlighted Ed Curnow, Adam Saad, Levi Casboult, Lachie Fogarty and Lochie O’Brien as the Blues’ main turnover culprits.

Also on this week’s episode, the guys touch on opposition game plans against Richmond, why Bailey Dale is an example of Luke Beveridge’s good coaching and plenty more.

Watch it all in our player above.

Originally published asBlues must fix this or can ‘forget about finals’

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