West Coast coach Adam Simpson is doing his greatest to maintain a lid on it, however the Oscar Allen bandwagon is about to enter overdrive after the swingman’s newest heroics.
Allen booted 5 objectives and pulled down 4 contested grabs in his crew’s 27-point win over Collingwood on Friday evening.
The 22-year-old has now booted 14 objectives in 5 video games this season regardless of additionally spending time in defence and as a back-up ruckman.
Allen is likely one of the AFL’s brightest younger stars, and the platform is about for a breakout season.
The presence of star forwards Jack Darling and Josh Kennedy means Allen has discovered from the perfect and never had the strain of being the No.1 spearhead.
Simpson has been thrilled with Allen’s growth, and he is doing his greatest to guard the 194cm marking machine from an excessive amount of hype.
“We have to maintain a lid on it a little bit bit,” Simpson mentioned.
“He will have ups and downs, he is nonetheless fairly younger. However whereas we have got some expertise round he is having an excellent apprenticeship.
“I feel what’s occurred is Kennedy and Darling have actually complemented the event of Oscar Allen. It has been two or three years now and he is a really mature participant.
“He loves placing strain on, he loves doing the little issues, and he is a pacesetter in his personal proper.”
Simpson is hopeful defender Tom Cole has prevented a concussion from a sickening head conflict with teammate Tom Rotham.
Cole was left a bloodied mess after the hit, however he was capable of stroll off unassisted after spending greater than a minute on the turf.
“Coley already had a monobrow earlier than the sport and now he is received a everlasting one I feel,” Simpson joked.
“He is received a scar from eyebrow to eyebrow, and Roth is similar
“I do not assume they have concussion, they had been smiling and laughing subsequent to one another within the medico room.”
The information is not pretty much as good for All-Australian ahead Liam Ryan, who may not return till after the mid-season bye as a consequence of a sizzling spot in his shin that was found on Tuesday.
“It simply got here up out of nowhere and sadly it’s going to be a while off legs, which implies he cannot do something,” Simpson mentioned.
“I do not wish to put a time-frame on it, but it surely’s not like he can heal faster than anybody else.”