Roland wrote:Very talented but still very raw. He's a fast player but too often that borders into not taking enough time over certain shots and against top players like Ding yesterday he gets found out. Definitely needs to sharpen up his shot selection a bit and learn to recognise the types of shot that need a little bit more care and attention. He was gifting Ding chances all over the place yesterday, taking on shots you knew he was going to miss or playing the wrong safety shot and leaving Ding in the balls.
Also he needs to go on a few runs to get his confidence going because so many times now I've seen him play brilliantly only to fold before the finish line. Last UKs in York I can't remember who he was playing but he was 4-0 up in a matter of minutes, but after the interval came back out and couldn't pot a ball and lost the match.
I actually predicted he'd be top 16 this season a couple of years ago because he really does have that potential, and to kick on. Plus he's such a likeable character it's impossible not to warm to him so hopefully he'll start to turn things around this season and fulfil his talent.
Some interesting and accurate points there. (When did you change your name from Sonny by the way?)
Talented and raw was how I described him after the match with Higgins I mentioned. That was a few years back, and I'm surprised that experience doesn't seem to have taught him much. In that, you can still call him raw. You'd think by now, he'd have added a different aspect to his game rather than pot, pot, pot. I get he is a naturally attacking player, but so are a lot of people. Doesn't mean you shouldn't have a b-game. Ding himself was all attack when he first came on the scene, but has learned other attributes the more experienced he got.
The commentators too were criticising his shot selection the other day, and his safety game. You'd think by now these are factors of the game he would've worked on, and at least tried to improve on.