Why Mitch Georgiades is the future of the Port Adelaide forward line

The 19-year-old key forward is in the infancy of his AFL career but has already shown he is capable to lead the forward line when his time eventually comes.

It is safe to say that Port Adelaide’s forward line is in good hands. Mitch Georgiades is already proving his worth as an AFL footballer. Despite just playing 11 games, Mitch has already booted 18 goals and his stats this season have shown his promise.

With his marking and aerial ability a constant feature, Georgiades has some X-factor about him. On top of that his kicking at goal is superb. His easy, simple, and flowing kicking routine has been lauded by AFL great Jason Dunstall as " a simple routine that is technically perfect".

The 192cm key forward is forming a good partnership with another young star in Todd Marshall as they look to take some of the heat off fellow forward Charlie Dixon. Georgiades dominated on Saturday night against Carlton, registering a career-high 15 disposals, three goals, five marks, and two tackles en route to the Round 5 Rising Star nominee, his second nomination after he was first listed back last year in Round 9 after his three goals against Melbourne.

The way he is playing is like he is a 100-game player and the fact that he hasn’t even played 20 games yet shows how good this kid can be. He still is a bit raw in some areas but there is no denying his talent.

With him up forward, Port seems to me anyways that they have the perfect replacement for when Dixon eventually gives the game away. Could he realistically be Port’s “go-to” man? Without a doubt, he can be. He has all the necessary attributes of a proper forward in the AFL, and he has the most important attribute, he can kick GOALS. He is just as good in the air as well on the ground and that makes putting a defender on him a tricky task.

Mitch Georgiades 2021 stats

- 69% disposal efficiency (above average)

- 12 disposals a game

- 66.7 % kicking efficiency (above average)

- 66.7% Goal accuracy (above average)

- 11 pressure acts a game (above average)

- 10 goals

There is nothing about Mitch that you can not love, and most fans see him as a better player than Marshall, although it feels to me that they are two different forwards. Mitch is your typical highflyer, strong contested mark type forward whereas Marshall strikes me as that lead-up forward who helps link the midfield/forward similar in the Tom Lynch role for Adelaide.

For me, Georgiades is the far superior forward and that is meant as no disrespect to Marshall because unlike other Power fans, I rate Marshall highly. The fact that Mitch is only 19 and dominating games like he did against Carlton’s twin towers in Liam Jones and Jacob Weitering, essentially rendering them useless for the game although he had some help from Marshall and Dixon too.

Georgiades has all the ingredients to become a superb player for the Port Adelaide Football Club for years to come. Make no mistake about it, “King George” is the future of Port’s forward line.

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