What do you think?
For what it’s worth, this is my take. He needs more ‘nasty bastard’ in his game to win more big ones. I can’t put my finger on exactly what that quality is, and he’s definitely closer to being that player than he was a few seasons ago before he won the WC. But for me you can still see insecurity in him when he’s not playing in that unbeatable mode. It’s in his eyes.
Also I find his interviews seem less and less genuine. Like he’s not saying what he really thinks. Maybe he gets ‘help’ with those, a text from his brother or management or something. After the Bingham match for example, he said “Yeah he made it easy for me, I knew I had to play my best”. Which makes no sense. What he meant to say was ‘simple’. Not ‘easy’. Anyway that’s probably just bullocks on my part, and not exactly relevant to his game so much. Just an observation.
He’s definitely feeling it. He’s definitely insecure over what’s going to happen over the next few years, and that’s not helping him. And I’m not knocking him - I know I take the snake hiss as much as anyone but he is the best in the world and he is capable of winning multiple WCs - but he’s seemingly much more human than Hendry was during his reign or Selby is when he switches on dark-mode. He’s addressed the problems he had early on with having an average tactical/safety game, but he needs to add to that and create a genuine killer mindset. He doesn’t quite have that yet. And maybe it’s just not something you can learn. I don’t think Ronnie really had it, not as a notable quality like Hendry, Selby, Higgins, Davis. But Ronnie is almost the exception to every rule, and a comparison would be unfair.
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