There aren’t many who can do what Elliot Yeo can do, and West Coast’s ‘midfield bull’ proved he’s still able to dominate as an inside mid after nine months on the sidelines with osteitis pubis.
After Yeo’s start to the season – in round 11 against Essendon – the hardnosed midfielder ran into form at the back end of the year, with an average of 28 disposals, 6.3 tackles and 8.3 clearances combined over the final three games of the year against Melbourne, Fremantle and Brisbane.
The 27-year-old’s innate ability around the stoppage – paired with contested possession dominance – saw the dual All-Australian prove his best football is far from behind him, as he continues to make a name for himself as one of the game’s elite midfielders.
Standout performance: Finesse in season finale
Yeo ran rampant in the season closer against Brisbane in round 23, contributing to the Eagles’ engine room with a season-high 30 disposals alongside five clearances and 619 metres gained.
Despite the loss, Yeo continued to inspire the troops in a late finals run, with a further 17 contested possessions, six inside 50s, and three centre clearances.
The class act capped off the season with a solid midfield performance, which was a silver lining in the loss with against Brisbane, as he racked up an additional 23 pressure acts, and five intercepts.
Disposals – 22
Contested possessions – 13.3
Clearances – 6.9
Inside 50s – 5.3
Tackles – 5.3
2021 AFL statistical rankings:
3rd – Centre clearances (3.7)