Hasn’t really progressed as a player has Balta but the coaches keep giving him more responsibility hence his deficiencies are getting exposed.
Ideally, he’d go back to being third tall defender/relief ruck where he has played his best football. This would depend on Tarrant or someone stepping up and taking the best forward which is not a given.
Longer term, there are problems here. He’s a key position player that can’t really hold down a key position right now. He hasn’t really improved in any significant way after five years in the system and that’s a big red flag as far as I’m concerned. If, and it’s a big if, others like Gibcus and maybe even Young stepped up, I’d be looking seriously at putting Balta up for trade to help us get back into this years draft.