Phil Gould has made a huge call regarding QLD Maroons debutant Selywn Cobbo, claiming the teenage sensation has been selected too early.
Cobbo – who will turn 20 jut days before the Origin series opener – has been in red-hot form for Brisbane this year, scoring 10 tries in 12 games.
The winger is also averaging 130 metres per game, with his work out the back-field impressing Maroons coach Billy Slater.
But according to Gould, his selection in the Origin arena after just 19 first grade matches is premature.
“He’s obviously a player of the future,” Gould said on 100% Footy.
“Personally, I think it’s too early.
“Queensland have done this with outside backs in the past and they obviously have a huge opinion of (Cobbo).
“He’s a strike player.”
Cobbo was a highly-touted junior prospect and had huge wraps coming through the Broncos’ system, and his jump to the rep arena was inevitable given his enormous talent.
Former NSW captain Paul Gallen questioned Gould’s stance on Cobbo and believes his all-round game is ready-made for Origin.
“Gus, what makes you think it’s too early when you’ve seen the way he’s played?” Gallen said.
“For me, particularly when he comes out of the backfield – that’s where he’s been so damaging.
“He makes some 50-, 60-metre breaks coming out of the backfield.
“So what makes you think it’s too early? Purely age.”
While his work with the ball is without question, Gould believes his defence could be an issue in the raw stages of his career.
“His reads in defence,” he replied.
“I think under pressure at a different level…(it) can be quite telling at different stages of the game.
“That’s where he’s going to be targeted, that’s where he’s going to be found out.
“Not so much worried about him in the air, not so much worried about him bringing it back, he’s not scared, he’s a big boy, he’s going to handle himself physically.
“But the way these blokes play and the way they move the ball these days and the speed at which they do it and the accuracy of their passing.
“When you’re playing against James Tedesco, Jarome Luai– they are going to target him down that side of the field.”