Yes I know it was only the Premier League, but I don't think I've been as encouraged by a result in a long, long time. I've been very worried lately about the quality of the upcoming young players, but I honestly think Trump is something very special.
I'm not going to lose the run of myself. He has only made one ranking semi-final at the age of 20, which is hardly extraordinary.
His game is still very raw. His temprament is questionable, and he isn't very consistent. He seems a bit quick to throw in the towel when things aren't going right. But does all that sound a little familiar? A certain Ronnie O'Sullivan comes to mind.
Just as the negative aspects of Trump's game cut a familiar resemblance to young Ronnie's, so too do the postitives. On form he looks superb. His game is very pleasing on the eye, ultra-attacking, joyously positive and at times it's as if he has the cueball on a string. He's clearly oozing with talent, and his results against Ronnie suggest he's not intimidated by the bigger names.
Trump is far from the finished article just yet. He needs to work on the safeety side of his game, perhaps he needs to slow down and think clearer, he needs to work on the mental aspect of his snooker. I know it must be frustrating for a such a naturally talented young man if his flowing game is being stifled by has-beens and never-will-bes in those tiny Prestatyn Cubicles. But once he gets his game together and gains some valuable experience, results will come, tournaments will come, and hopefully World Titles will come. Rome wasn't built in a day, you have to start somewhere.
I have no doubt Trump is a classier player than any of the other young guns. He seems the natural successor to Ronnie O'Sullivan as the game's greatest entertainer. It won't happen overnight, but I think Trump will be a multiple World Champion, and could go down as a great, great player. Here's hoping.
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