Colm Cooper argues Kerry are lacking physicality in midfield and they need David Moran to return to strengthen them in that department.
Kerry impressed in Peter Keane's first league campaign, finishing top of the Division 1 standings and winning from six from seven matches.
The four-time All-Ireland winner is not inclined to be too alarmist after Sunday's loss, stressing that Kerry are moving in the right direction but he noted that Keane's team were dominated by Mayo in the middle third, especially in the second half, and suggested that they are lacking some physicality in the area.
The panel agree that Kerry lack physicality in midfield with Colm Cooper arguing that David Moran is badly missed pic.twitter.com/VAsdvMj4NV— RTÉ GAA (@RTEgaa) March 31, 2019
"I would certainly be of the opinion that's it a glass half full for Kerry. They're certainly going in the right direction. I even think that tonight in Kerry, people won't be overly disappointed. Okay, they don't like losing finals in Croke Park but they know this team are on the right track. If it's not this year, they're certainly coming."
"(The midfield sector) has been a concern throughout the league. Jack Barry and Mark Griffin have been tried there and Diarmuid O'Connor has been put in. But they're really missing David Moran. They lack a bit of physicality and experience.
"They lack strength in depth in that area and it's so crucial.
While Kerry garnered acclaim for their performances across the league campaign, some critics, such as Aidan O'Rourke, felt that they hadn't done enough to iron out their defensive frailties. This was hotly contested but the view may gain credence after the league final, with Ciaran Whelan suggesting they struggled with Mayo's running game.
"You talk about Mayo conceding two goals, they could have scored seven goals today. That's a big, big worry for the Kerry defence. But again it's inexperience. They will learn a hell of a lot from today. When Peter Keane sits down and reviews it, there's a lot to learn from Peter Keane."