Carlton great Mark Maclure says his former club's lack of consistency is hurting them, adding that it remains one of a few worrying aspects about the way they're currently playing.
The Blues currently sit in 12th spot on the ladder, having won seven matches from 16 games this season, with their latest loss coming against the bottom-placed Adelaide Crows.
“There’s a lack of consistency in every game,” Maclure told SEN’s Dwayne’s World.
“There’s not one game I’ve seen where they've played the full four quarters and that’s a worry for me.
“I have some interesting thoughts about selection and development of kids – they’re still one of the top five oldest sides in the competition and they’re supposed to be developing, so there’s some issues there.
“You’ve got to remember this is the worst period in Carlton’s history in the last 20 years, they’re fighting their way out of it and trying to find a new way. David Teague is trying hard to play well (and change the style).
Maclure remains worried about players such as forward Mitch McGovern, who has gone goalless in four of his last five games.
“I worry about players such as Mitch McGovern who doesn’t get near the ball,” he said.
“I don’t understand why he’s selected at times, so I worry about that too. Because he’s paid a lot, does he have to be selected? I don’t think so.
“But it’s still my club and it’s where I played so I do like to watch them.
“They’re improving slowly I would say.”
Carlton close out their 2020 season against Brisbane at the Gabba on Saturday night.