Kyle Flanagan: The quiet achiever

Kyle Flanagan has been the quiet achiever at the Roosters in 2020.

After the first two rounds, Flanagan copped a lot of flack from fans, journalists and people in and around the game.

A lot of people gave him flack for not producing much in attack and asking whether he will be as good as Cooper Cronk but as soon as he starts achieving and producing stuff in attack, we forget about him and don’t talk about him as much.

Luke Keary – even though he plays five-eighth – has been the main playmaker, which has left the 21-year-old to play his own style of game and allows him to be freed up on attack.

Kyle Flanagan runs the ball

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Eight games into his Roosters career and he has already scored four tries, forced four goal-line drop-outs, four try assists and achieved an 85 per cent tackle efficiency, which for a halfback is very good.

I know on Thursday night they didn’t beat the Melbourne Storm. When you actually re-watch the game and Brandon Smith in the lead-up to Ryan Papenhuyzen’a field goal, he knocked the ball in the play-the-ball, which lead to golden point and that ultimately led to the Storm winning 27-25.

The Roosters – on the ladder – could’ve been sitting on top if they beat the Storm but the loss sees them currently sit fourth with a monstrous points differential of 130 with the next best being current top-of-the-table team in Parramatta with 70.

Kyle Flanagan has been the quiet achiever but he deserves some sort of wrap because he also leads the competition in points with 92 with the next best being the best player in the game, Cameron Smith, with 62.

That is a 30-point difference. He also leads the competition in goals with 38 and the next best is that man again Cameron Smith with 31.

When Flanagan eventually finds his feet and shows us why the Roosters signed him – because the Roosters wouldn’t have signed Flanagan if they didn’t think he was the right guy – Flanagan could be a very dangerous player on attack if he gets the combination going with James Tedesco, Keary, Angus Crichton and the Morris brothers this year.

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