Players to follow for Snooker season 2019/2020

Craig Edwards

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 3:32 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 22, 2019 3:32 PM UTC

Ex professional snooker player Craig Edwards @EdwardsTips_ gives his players to follow for the coming season to

<div><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p><p>No sooner did the Betfred World Snooker Championship close than we are already preparing for the new season and thinking of the players to follow. In this article I will mention a few players I plan to keep in mind for the coming season.</p><h2>Martin Gould</h2><p>Martin Gould is not a new name to snooker followers but he played a unusually light campaign on the World Snooker circuit last season. That did nothing to diminish his talents and in fact it may serve to give him the hunger and impetus back. Still relatively young by snooker standards the “Pinner Potter” proved by winning the Championship League last season the ability remains strong. He backed this up by winning three tough qualifying matches to reach the final stages of the World Snooker Championship where he lost a high-quality opening round encounter against the defending champion Mark Williams. His 50 break frequency is ranked thirteenth which is well above his ranking. This tells us the London Borough player’s level of play is still good enough to compete and possibly add to his 2016 German Masters title.</p><p> </p><h2>Noppon Saengkham</h2><p>A player who looks overdue a big breakthrough is Thailand’s Noppon Saengkham. The twenty-six-year-old has been a major improver these last two seasons and is recognised as one of the best break builders on tour. His century frequency last season was eighth on our statistics and he made a televised maximum 147 break against Mark Selby at the Welsh Open. At the start of the last season he lost the semi-final of the World Open 5-6 in heartbreaking fashion after leading Mark Williams 5-2. A semi-finalist in the previous season’s Welsh Open he looks overdue a jump into the higher echelons of the sport.</p><p> </p><h2>Zhao Xintong</h2><p>The talented Chinese twenty-two-year-old was forced to go back to Qualifying School a year ago however, he has won 65% of his matches since culminating in qualifying for the World Snooker Championship. In the first round he acquitted himself well leading triple World Champion Mark Selby 5-1 before eventually losing 7-10. Despite a ranking of 59 we have his 50 frequency as high as number ten and 100 frequency of 24th in the World. If he continues to play snooker to those standards he will continue to move up the rankings and compete more in the later stages of events.</p><p> </p><h2>Ashley Carty</h2><p>Not an obvious choice from down the rankings but the twenty-three-year-old from Rotherham grabbed our attention last season. His ranking is 108 but his 50 frequency is 82nd and with eight centuries in debut season his 100 frequency was 54th. He didn’t pull up any trees however, victories against Barry Hawkins, Stuart McGill, and Jimmy Robertson show a good level and with 52% strike rate in matches over the best of 7 there is potential for a strong performance in similar format events.</p><p> </p><h2>Elliott Slessor</h2><p>Elliott Slessor is still only twenty-four years old and already has two victories over Ronnie O'Sullivan to his credit. He appeared to play better than his results last season with ten centuries to rank 37th in frequency and a 56th ranking for his 50 break frequency despite an actual world ranking of 94. He could be inspired by local professional Gary Wilson’s exploits in the World Championships and with a 55% strike rate in best of 7 frame matches could be one to keep onside in those format events.</p></div>
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