What Cork have as well is good scoring forwards. If you have good scoring forwards you will always have a chance of winning big games & competing for titles, once your defence can be reasonably solid.
That's why in my opinion we are light years away from winning or competing for an All-Ireland. Unfortunately I just don't see any Alan Cadogans, Seamus Harnadys, Patrick Horgans etc. on any underage or adult Dublin Hurling teams. We seem to be producing a lot of functional players with a degree of talent but none with the real cut or dash that the top teams possess and I don't think any of the players we lost to football would have turned out to be really top class forwards either. There's problems somewhere in the development of hurlers in Dublin, maybe too much structure & emphasis on the athletic side of the game? I don't know the answer but we just don't seem to produce any real off the cuff hurlers. Are the development squads to regimental/structured? Players get into them at a young age and almost see themselves as a County Hurler from then on sometimes largely ignoring their clubs. Would these young lads be better off in the more relaxed environment of their clubs, learning & perfecting the skills in a more off the cuff, less structured environment?
As I said I don't the answer but something has to change in my opinion.