David King says there is “no reason” Collingwood can’t win the 2022 premiership, with the club even compared to the 1993 ‘Baby Bombers’.
The Magpies are on a 10-match winning streak to sit in third place – just one win out of first place after 20 rounds.
And while the criticism is that they won 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th, there were also wins over Fremantle, Carlton and Melbourne.
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“You can say what you like about numbers, stats and possessions,” King said on AFL360.
“They meet each other – this is building something very special.
“There’s no reason why they can’t do it this year – we saw Chris Scott do it his first year, we saw Rodney Ede make a grand final his first year and (Luke) Beveridge and (John) Longmire win their second year. – This is big, come on.
“I’m on the dark side now, we’re all at Collingwood,” laughed AFL360 co-host Mark Robinson.
“It could be the ’93 baby bombs again,” he said.
Essendon’s premiership team was nicknamed the Baby Bombers after fielding 12 players under the age of 25 in that winning squad.
Against Port Adelaide last weekend, the Pies had 10 players under the age of 25 and two players over the age of 25.
King Collingwood has described beating their opponents as one of the best attributes of their game.
“I don’t know how you put a line through them,” he said.
“They’re doing that better than the comps — they’re running guts. Their running and power running is allowing them to have more numbers.
“We all see their need to run and link, get forward, link. But we don’t understand their willingness to work harder than the opposition.
“This is a synchronized club.”
King said every club needed a point difference to win the AFL premiership.
“Maybe (Collingwood) isn’t in the stats, it’s in the effort. It’s shopping. (Craig McRae) He might be a special coach.
“I love what they do for each other.”
Statistics show that the Pies share one common trait with the premiers of the past two seasons – Melbourne and Richmond – and their level for the underdogs.
The Magpies are currently the best-ranked team in the competition – just like Melbourne in 2021, Richmond are fourth when they take the flag in 2020.
Collingwood have a tough run of games against Melbourne, Sydney (away) and Carlton – and could be in contention for the finals round 23.