The whole of the inter-county hurling section is gone sort of pointless really, not withstanding some excellent posts above. There are people who believe we can't produce any hurlers, and we are poor because we are just innately poor, the legendary Dublin hurling inferiority complex ('that's the difference!'). There are people who believe it is Cunninghams fault (I would tend more towards that view myself), there is sort of a third small mini section who think negativity equals knowledge or something (am not quiet sure of that one really).
But taking some of the main points of this game - starting with three guys who haven't played U21 yet (have they all even played club senior?). Can't really be discussed because it tends towards the guys leaving the panel thing, and this will just bring the whole thing around in circles again. And even I agree that that has sort of been done to death now.
Lack of touch / strength in the forwards - again how can it be discussed when everyone can name other lads that have proven in the past they can do it, so again the discussion becomes circular. For the life of me, I am not getting into a discussion about the relative merits of O Sullivan or Burke as a senior player, because they are kids and shouldn't be open to that (or put in a positon where they might be). I would say though that regardless of how far down the line we have gone selecting guys, they are all good hurlers.
So really, what is the point of the whole thing? It is like asking directions and being told that you shouldn't start from here. We shouldn't be starting from here, and probably wont start from here any other year - so the relative merits of which road to take has no meaning really.