NORTH Melbourne coach Brad Scott has slammed criticism of Majak Daw as ridiculous and says the tall utility is a big part of the club's plans.

Daw had a quiet game in Friday night's 20-point loss to Geelong, meaning plenty of focus over the weekend on the Sudanese-born player.

It took the spotlight away from fellow forward Aaron Black, who was also quiet against the Cats as he continues to struggle this season.

Scott said the criticism of Daw was unwarranted, given he is still learning the game.

"It's ridiculous - he's played 10 games," Scott told Channel Seven's Game Day.

"Let's be honest - Majak is coming from a non-traditional football background.

"You couldn't have a better football pedigree than (Geelong star) Tom Hawkins. His father was a great player and his father took a long time to hit his straps."

While Scott intimated after Friday night's loss that Daw might struggle to stay in the senior side, the coach also made it clear on Sunday that the ruck-forward is a long-term project that North will see through.

"Majak needs a bit more time and we're going to have to work out what's best for the team in the short and long term," Scott said.

"But I'm convinced Majak has a future in the long term."

Meanwhile, Scott said captain Andrew Swallow would take several weeks to return to top form after resuming from his Achilles tendon rupture.

Friday night was Swallow's second game back.

"We know he's going to take probably eight weeks to get back to his brilliant best," Scott said.

The North coach added fellow onballer Daniel Wells was still a few weeks away from resuming after he was diagnosed with a rare foot problem.

Wells has already been out of action for five weeks.

The loss to Geelong continued North's inconsistent season, where they have a 5-4 record.

Scott compared his midfielders to Geelong stars Jimmy Bartel and James Kelly, who were outstanding on Friday night.

"Our midfield at the moment, we potentially think they're going to be really, really good players," he said.

"But they're not at that stage yet.

"They have to do it consistently before we talk about them in the same sentence as Kelly and Bartel."