He basically became Kieran Donaghy because Kerry were willing to kick the ball in his direction often enough to allow him become an influence and his game was all about that time the kick inside comes off, the destruction and chaos that ensued from taking a risk of kicking that ball in long. He made kicking the ball long to the forward line something worth doing again.
It’s not even really a discussion about liking one type of football over another so much as the plain fact that watching a game where methodical prolonged possession of the ball makes up the majority of the game isn’t anybody’s idea of a fun watch. The most exciting sight in football is the ball hopping in front of a forward that’s one-v-one with a defender but how many times does that get to happen in a common game now?
Forwards are less inclined to make runs into areas if the ball isn’t going to come.