In the past we've seen many top young stars burst onto the scene. Hendry, Davis and White in the 80's, O'Sullivan winning the UK in 1993 and Higgins winning three rankers in a season despite still being in his teens. And we also had Hunter and Stevens doing reasonably well at a young age.
The only men to do that this decade were Murphy and Ding, but Murphy has only won two ranking titles since winning the World Championship while Ding hasn't won a ranking event for three years.
A young up and coming Welsh Player called Jamie Jones has fallen off the tour since his Grand Prix debut in 2006. Michael White has struggled, but thankfully his form seems to have improved of late. Luca Brecel looks extremely good, but will he find the breakthrough tough?
Why has the ammount of young stars dried up of late? Is it simply down to these players not being as good, and they cant cut it with the more established pros? Is it down to a lack of interest among the younger generation? An unfair system that fails to promote young talent (David Gray being given a wildcard if my memory serves me correctly, kind of defeats the purpose)? Is it simply down to too much expectation and pressure being put on them? Or am I just imagining this lack of young snooker talent?
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