Top 10 Potential Future World Snooker Champions
As Mark Selby upset the odds to win his first World Snooker Championship at the weekend, FREEbets.org.uk got thinking about players that could be King of the Crucible in the future. The old guard of Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins and the like are coming to the end of their careers at the top, here are 10 younger contenders with world title ambitions.
10. Liang Wenbo
When Liang got to the World Championship quarter-finals, on debut, at the age of 21, big things were expected of him. Six years on he has not lived up to expectations, but he still clearly has the talent to beat the best. He is only 27-years-old and if he can build up some momentum, he will be a threat at the Crucible.
9. Kyren Wilson
At just 22-years-old Wilson qualified for the final stages of six ranking events last season, reaching the last eight of the Shanghai Masters, and making his Crucible debut. The Warrior put up a good fight against Ricky Walden in Sheffield, and in a narrow defeat, showed he will be back.
8. Cao Yupeng
Another of the young batch of Chinese players who has joined the tour, but not quite hit the big time yet. Cao beat Mark Allen on his Crucible debut in 2012, and made the last eight of the Wuxi Classic last year. At just 23, he has plenty of time to kick on.
7. Mark Allen
The world number nine is still only 28-years-old, so whilst he has not cracked the Crucible yet, time is on his side to do it in the coming years. The Pistol has the talent to win the world title, as his double World Open win showed, he just needs to apply himself more effectively.
6. Luca Brecel
The Belgian lacks consistency, but seen as he is only 19-years-old, he can be forgiven for this. He has already reached the quarter-finals of the UK Championship in 2012, and was within a whisker of the last four that year. He has performed at the Crucible and he could well have conquered it within the next 10 years.