I thought with the world champs ahead it would be fun to look at the potential future champions, and we can come back here and see who ends up right.
Yan bingtao - difficult this one as he's declined a little, but he's still very high up the rankings for his age. I reckon he has a solid game that suits the crucible, but I don't think he'll win it based on what I've seen so far.
Zhou yuelong aka ghou yolonge - I think he'll crack the top 16 one day but I don't think he'll win it.
Jack lisowski - I think he'll get close, very close, but does he have the mentality to do the job. Not sure.
Hossein vafaei- he wants the world championship, but he needs to actually qualify. Very talented player but suffers a similar fate to lisowski a lot of the time, a lack of grit and bottle. He'll have a good run one day but it's a no from me.
Judd trump - If he doesn't win it this year I'm sure his time will come, he'll have his moment.
Zhao xintong- has all the ability in the world, but needs adjustments to his game and shot selection. Will come close.
Thepchaiya- at 33 he should be in his prime, but he's ranked where he is for a reason, a dangerous player but so hot and cold, can't see him getting close, but talent wise he should be doing better.
Kyren wilson - has the experience now and aside from judd trump he looks like the next new winner.
Luo honghao - only 18 but causing upsets everywhere. Still has a lot to learn, but says his aim is to win the world championship which is great to hear, he obviously knows how to dedicate his life to something with his piano background, combine the two and I think we have a possible winner one day.
Yuan sijun - disappointment to not qualify this year, so clearly has a way to go. Has a good attitude and a good game, will get close.
Lyu haotian- the kid is great, he seems to save his best performances for the crucible though, last year he was phenomenal against barry hawkins. He's playing decent stuff atm, but to me he lacks some star quality, I can't see him winning.
Jackson page - Hard to say right now, but working with Mark Williams and a long career ahead, I'm tipping him to win it.
Luca brecel - this is tough, he is so unpredictable. Time is on his side though, and as the older players wane he'll become one of the top dogs. Do I think he'll win it, no.
Pang junxu - ???
Have a go, you can simply say yes or no if you like
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