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AFL reporter Craig Hutchison has sent out a dire warning to a struggling Melbourne side regarding the club's off-season decision to trade Jesse Hogan to Fremantle.

Despite being thought of as one of the best young key forwards in the game, Hogan's off-field issues proved to be detrimental to his time at the Demons and the club elected to trade him in exchange for two first-round selections in the 2018 draft.

Since Hogan's departure, the Demons have struggled mightily up forward with Tom McDonald struggling to recapture the form which saw him lead the club's goal-kicking 53 majors in 2018.

Speaking on Footy Classified, Hutchison suggested that the club might live to regret trading Hogan if he is able to get his off-field issues in order.

Jesse Hogan

"I know, and we've since seen the issues that Jesse has. If he's able to get those under control, they are going to regret that for a decade," he said.

"They've let Jesse Hogan go as a 23-year-old key forward who they took as a 17-year-old and invested in a year ahead.

"I just wonder whether they got so seduced by (Sam) Weideman's final and by Tom McDonald's season that they've gone, 'We don't need this guy anymore, we'll take two first-round picks'.

It's a swagger trade that. Almost a, 'We're close enough and we can do a little bit better and upgrade some positions'.

"Jesse Hogan is exactly what they need right now. Five weeks into the post-Hogan era, they are embarrassed by his exit."

Former Carlton skipper Chris Judd also revealed that he was surprised by the decision to deal Hogan, given the position he plays in the side.

Melbourne Demons

"There are certain positions that are just so hard to replace," Judd told Footy Classified.

"You can find small forwards that will tackle. To find a key position player that can push up and get all the way back and kick goals, they're just rare as hen's teeth."

After being one of the most potent attacking sides in the competition in 2018, the Demons have slipped alarmingly on the offensive side of the ball in the first five weeks of the season.

While Melbourne's issues have been all around the ground, the team has especially struggled to convert on its Inside 50 entries. The Demons currently score on just 33.7 percent of all Inside 50 entries, a number that sees them ranked dead last in the league.

Speaking about the Demons' issues, Judd suggested that the club had fallen behind other teams in the competition in terms of speed around the ground.

"Their leg-speed just looks pedestrian at the minute," he said.

Melbourne Demons

"Certainly their leg-speed around the stoppage in the bubble, when the ball goes 10 metres away from the contest is a concern.

"It's made a lot worse because their set-ups down back have been really poor.

"They're coming off at the wrong time when they're in a zone and they just don't have that burst speed that essentially all AFL clubs have at the minute."

On the back of a preliminary final appearance in 2018, the Demons were the consensus pre-season pick to go all the way in 2019, and the poor start has left many scratching their heads, including the club's former coach Paul Roos.

Speaking on 3AW, Roos suggested that the club was currently a bottom four side in the competition.

"If you've got a whole group of players that come back poorly it's a huge disadvantage," he said.

Paul Roos

"There's so many things that are going wrong with their football team, it's hard to know where to start. They are a bottom four team at the moment."

Former Essendon great Matthew Lloyd suggested that a number of players at the club may have let last year's surprise success get to them.

"It's hard to believe that in 2019 a collective group of players can come back unfit and underdone," Lloyd told Footy Classified.

"It only takes four or five to get ahead of themselves and it can happen. Watching them in Round 1, you wanted to give them an excuse for injuries.

"You wouldn't know where to start because they've got issues everywhere."

The Demons' task to get the season on track gets no easier with an ANZAC Day Eve clash against Richmond at the MCG off a four-day break in Round 6.

AFL reporter Craig Hutchison has sent out a dire warning to a struggling Melbourne side regarding the club's off-season decision to trade Jesse Hogan to Fremantle.

Despite being thought of as one of the best young key forwards in the game, Hogan's off-field issues proved to be detrimental to his time at the Demons and the club elected to trade him in exchange for two first-round selections in the 2018 draft.

Since Hogan's departure, the Demons have struggled mightily up forward with Tom McDonald struggling to recapture the form which saw him lead the club's goal-kicking 53 majors in 2018.

Speaking on Footy Classified, Hutchison suggested that the club might live to regret trading Hogan if he is able to get his off-field issues in order.

Jesse Hogan

"I know, and we've since seen the issues that Jesse has. If he's able to get those under control, they are going to regret that for a decade," he said.

"They've let Jesse Hogan go as a 23-year-old key forward who they took as a 17-year-old and invested in a year ahead.

"I just wonder whether they got so seduced by (Sam) Weideman's final and by Tom McDonald's season that they've gone, 'We don't need this guy anymore, we'll take two first-round picks'.

It's a swagger trade that. Almost a, 'We're close enough and we can do a little bit better and upgrade some positions'.

"Jesse Hogan is exactly what they need right now. Five weeks into the post-Hogan era, they are embarrassed by his exit."

Former Carlton skipper Chris Judd also revealed that he was surprised by the decision to deal Hogan, given the position he plays in the side.

Melbourne Demons

"There are certain positions that are just so hard to replace," Judd told Footy Classified.

"You can find small forwards that will tackle. To find a key position player that can push up and get all the way back and kick goals, they're just rare as hen's teeth."

After being one of the most potent attacking sides in the competition in 2018, the Demons have slipped alarmingly on the offensive side of the ball in the first five weeks of the season.

While Melbourne's issues have been all around the ground, the team has especially struggled to convert on its Inside 50 entries. The Demons currently score on just 33.7 percent of all Inside 50 entries, a number that sees them ranked dead last in the league.

Speaking about the Demons' issues, Judd suggested that the club had fallen behind other teams in the competition in terms of speed around the ground.

"Their leg-speed just looks pedestrian at the minute," he said.

Melbourne Demons

"Certainly their leg-speed around the stoppage in the bubble, when the ball goes 10 metres away from the contest is a concern.

"It's made a lot worse because their set-ups down back have been really poor.

"They're coming off at the wrong time when they're in a zone and they just don't have that burst speed that essentially all AFL clubs have at the minute."

On the back of a preliminary final appearance in 2018, the Demons were the consensus pre-season pick to go all the way in 2019, and the poor start has left many scratching their heads, including the club's former coach Paul Roos.

Speaking on 3AW, Roos suggested that the club was currently a bottom four side in the competition.

"If you've got a whole group of players that come back poorly it's a huge disadvantage," he said.

Paul Roos

"There's so many things that are going wrong with their football team, it's hard to know where to start. They are a bottom four team at the moment."

Former Essendon great Matthew Lloyd suggested that a number of players at the club may have let last year's surprise success get to them.

"It's hard to believe that in 2019 a collective group of players can come back unfit and underdone," Lloyd told Footy Classified.

"It only takes four or five to get ahead of themselves and it can happen. Watching them in Round 1, you wanted to give them an excuse for injuries.

"You wouldn't know where to start because they've got issues everywhere."

The Demons' task to get the season on track gets no easier with an ANZAC Day Eve clash against Richmond at the MCG off a four-day break in Round 6.

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