Eagles should spring shock selection for must-win Crows clash

West Coast should swing a stunning selection shock and unveil first-year recruit Willie Rioli against premiership fancies Adelaide in Sunday's emotional, must-win farewell match to Subiaco Oval.

Rioil, 22, has recovered from a series of serious hamstring injury woes, playing a full month with Eagles alignment team East Perth.

He could add critical goal-scoring bite to an inconsistent forward division that is far too reliant on champion sharp-shooter Josh Kennedy.

Kennedy, who turns 30 on Friday, is likely to secure a third consecutive Coleman Medal as the league's leading goal-scorer, sitting on 64 goals despite missing five games with a nasty achilles heel injury mid-season.

West Coast sit ninth as a scoring force in the AFL this season, averaging 89 points a game despite Kennedy being one of the most influential key forwards in the business.

When the Eagles made it into an unexpected Grand Final appearance two years ago, they averaged 106 points an outing (second-highest that year) as Kennedy booted 80 goals from 25 games that season.

Rioli's uncanny and lightning-fast ball crumbing could be of significantly better value than failing forward opportunist Josh Hill.

Hill, 28, is highly likely to miss any offer for a new contract after this season and managed an uninspiring six disposals in the defeat to Greater Western Sydney in Sydney last Saturday.

He did not score as West Coast slumped in another alarming fadeout to drop from one-point behind at the final change to lose by 21 points.

Hill has made 12 appearances this season to put together 16 goals from an average of 11 disposals an outing after 173 senior games, including at the Western Bulldogs before his switch to West Coast six years ago.

Roili was drafted to West Coast last November from the SANFL as a dangerous, crumbing small forward to work at ground level in tandem with Kennedy and another enigmatic important scoring source Jack Darling, as well as veteran Mark LeCras.

Eagles coach Adam Simpson has firmly put his misfiring forwards on notice for greater assistance and to provide critical alternative scoring avenues than Kennedy.

The reigning Coleman medallist heads into Sunday's confrontation with the big scoring Crows leading the 2017 goal kicking list, averaging four goals a match from just 16 games.

He sits four ahead of Essendon ace Joe Daniher and Sydney champion Lance Franklin on 59.

Simpson bluntly confessed that West Coast rely too heavily on Kennedy, saying the team will make it a priority over summer to establish more scoring avenues next season.

"The spread of our forwards and the goals that we want to kick is something we've got to work on," Simpson said on Channel Seven.

"For him (Kennedy) to win the Coleman missing five games is probably a reflection of what we need to work on this pre-season coming up."

Simpson appears set to recall LeCras to further bolster its scoring potential, with the veteran goal-shark understood to have recovered from a hamstring complaint.

LeCras has missed the past two engagements and needs to only complete Thursday's training session behind closed doors to confirm he is fit for selection against the Crows.

All-Australian back-pocket candidates Rory Laird and Brodie Smith are likely defensive match-ups on LeCras if he returns or if Rioli becomes a surprise call-up to make his Eagles debut.

This story Eagles should spring shock selection for must-win Crows clash first appeared on Brisbane Times.