Former Port Adelaide premiership player Kane Cornes has clipped towering American Mason Cox and his underwhelming play.
Collingwood have slumped to two-straight defeats in the shortened 2020 season and Cornes believes the way forward is without Cox in the team.
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Through four games since the season got back underway, Collingwood have recorded only one win with their opening game resulting in a draw against Richmond.
Cox missed the round three contest against St Kilda, a game the Pies won comfortably behind a complete team effort.
But since returning to the line-up in round 4, the Pies have lost to both the GWS Giants and Essendon as their forward struggles became evident at times.
On Friday night the issues up forward were laid bare as Cox struggled mightily to have any form of impact on the contest.
The towering Pies forward finished the game with only two disposals (both handballs) and one mark.
Cornes couldn’t understand why the Pies brought Cox back into the team after a brilliant forward performance against the Saints.
“Two weeks ago they dismantled St Kilda, their forward line. And then they brought in Mason Cox and they selected him,” Cornes explained on Channel 9’s Sunday Footy Show.
“We questioned it at the time and then he’s had no influence. Once again on Friday night, he did not have a kick. We could chuck TJ out there for a game of footy and he would get one kick.
“This is how poorly Mason is going at the moment, so I think they need to go back to the smaller forward line which we know works.”
Cornes said a lack of judgment was hurting Cox and without him pulling down marks, he was no use to the team once the ball hit the deck.
“The issue for Mason is his judgment, if he’s not marking ones like that then what does he bring when the ball hits the ground,” Cornes said.
“I’d just like to see Bucks go back to the small forward line, play (Brody) Mihocek as the key forward. The issues with De Goey, that throws a spanner in the works as well.
“I don’t think he’s in their best 22. I think it’s going to be tough because there’s no VFL for him to find some form in which he needs because he’s out of touch. 13 games to go, I think you need to play to your strengths.
“That’s (Jamie) Elliott, (Brody) Mihocek, (Jaidyn) Stephenson in the forward line, (Callum) Brown, (Josh) Daicos and come up with something different as that hasn’t worked in the last couple of weeks.”