Liang Wenbo is a great talent and a fine prospect but he isn’t going to win tournaments playing the sort of kamikaze snooker he exhibited in losing 5-1 to John Higgins at the Northern Ireland Trophy in Belfast today.
I’ll say right off that I regard Liang as a breath of fresh air for the game. He is fearless and has an endearing way about him which earned him many fans on the way to the World Championship quarter-finals last season.
But surely he must realise that his policy of going for absolutely everything, whatever the situation in the match, is asking for trouble.
Most young players like to attack but they all come to accept the fact that a strong safety game is also needed to rise to the top.
There are some extraordinary good potters around but they don’t win titles or rise that far up the rankings without tightening up at times and playing the percentages.
In Liang’s case, he does not need to completely change his game, just approach matches with a little more care.
He gives his opponents far too many chances – which shows you how badly Peter Ebdon must have played against him if, despite this, he couldn’t win a single frame.