The world of darts mainly reacted suprised after the decision from the PDC to replace Gary Anderson with nine different players in the Premier League Darts.
The Scotsman had to pull out after being not adequately recovered from a back injury. Instead of picking one replacement, the PDC chose for stars of the future and local favourites.
Many prominent people did not see this decision coming. For example Michael Smith and Kim Huybrechts published a tweet with just the text ‘Wow’. The selected players were grateful for their invitation and wished Anderson a speedy recovery.
Dartsnews has made an overview with some comments from darts players and pundits on social media.
Comments from a few selected players
First of all I want to wish @GaryAnderson180 a speedy recovery and hope his Back Problems will be healed by a good Physio👍🏻
And on the other side I am very happy to be a small part of this years @unibet Premier League and playing infront of my Homecrowd in Berlin 😎🎯 #Unibet180 https://t.co/hiLUMTZqQk
— Max Hopp (@maximiser180) February 4, 2019
Very proud to have been given a opportunity by the @OfficialPDC and @SkySportsDarts to play a night in the premier league. I’m very grateful and I can’t wait to play on the stage again. Would like to also wish @GaryAnderson180 a speedy recovery with his back. 🎯 https://t.co/CyVymmIN8p
— Luke Humphries (@lukeh180) February 4, 2019
What the hell is happening with my life at the moment I am playing Premier League next Thursday in Glasgow versus Daryl Gurney Stunned ….. just stunned !
Absolutely delighted to be given the chance to play in the @unibet Premier League Darts this Thursday in Newcastle. Thanks to @BarryHearn @MattPorter_PDC and the rest of the @OfficialPDC for this opportunity.🎯@UnicornDarts @HarlequinSports @DunveganDarts @RixMotorCompany
— Chris Dobey (@Dobey10) February 4, 2019
Would like to thank the PDC for giving me the opportunity to play in this years premier league really happy to be involved.
See you all in Nottingham 🐍🐍 https://t.co/6boMcF7tVX
— Nathan Aspinall (@NathanAspi) February 4, 2019
I just want to thank the PDC for this fantastic opportunity! I'm absolutely delighted to have been invited to play one…
Comments from other players and prominents
Wow ! 😳😳😳
— Kim Huybrechts🇧🇪 (@KimHuybrechts) February 4, 2019
— Michael Smith (@BullyBoy180) February 4, 2019
I can think of a few players who will be disappointed at that decision
— Jamie Caven (@jabba180) February 4, 2019
No premier league for me 🙁
F**k it I’m doing Strictly Or The Jungle now #banter
— Ricky Evans (@goodevans180) February 4, 2019
Was I the only one who liked the @OfficialPDC and @SkySportsDarts decision of replacing Anderson for 9 contenders? feel sorry for some players that deserved a chance but come on, that’s great opportunity for 9 instead of just 1. hope I have the same opportunity in the future 🤞🏻
— Diogo Portela (@brazilliant180) February 4, 2019
Can't belive i did not get prem spot what is going on @OfficialPDC lol ok I know must do better lol
— Richard North (@RichardNorth180) February 4, 2019
Personally dont get it but im not a promoter but just seems a bit pointless. Wont stop me watching it I suppose.
— Chris Mason (@Chris180Mason) February 4, 2019
— Josh Payne (@Joshpayne180) February 4, 2019
Tags: Premier League Darts 2019
Great decision by Sky Sports and the PDC. https://t.co/2Yr6J7FZLF
— Wayne Mardle (@Wayne501Mardle) February 4, 2019