James Wade has questioned Michael van Gerwen’s supposed PDC dominance, comparing the Dutchman to Phil Taylor.

‘The Power’ notoriously built a dynasty in the PDC. 14 PDC world titles, 16 World Matchplay wins and 11 Grand Prix successes make up just a small portion of a litany of trophies. Taylor’s monopoly was such that he would be unbeatable for long stretches. Wade, having beaten van Gerwen 7-3 in the Premier League in Exeter, does not believe ‘Mighty Mike’ has the same aura.

“A lot of players fold against him when they shouldn’t,” the Machine asserted in a Sky Sports interview.

“He is the best player in the world at the moment but thankfully he isn’t as dominant as Phil. But if the other boys keep rolling over, he will be.”

It doesn’t appear that the rest of the PDC are rolling over as Wade suggests, despite van Gerwen winning three of the first four titles of the season. In Minehead, Mervyn King dumped the Dutch ace out of the UK Open. It meant that van Gerwen suffered successive stage defeats in the space of two days, and has also failed to win a UK Open match since 2016.

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Author: Ed McCosh