Michael van Gerwen is known as one of the worlds best but has not been at his top level for a little while despite winning all but a handful of titles this year. He has admitted he is out of form and lacks his usual power.

He said this after his win over Simon Whitlock in the Premier League citing scoring and missing chances as being his major downfall. Van Gerwen said he only won the game due to his character.

“A bit of power has to come back. I have to work really hard for that.”

“I won my game against Simon – I missed too many chances, my scoring at some points wasn’t great.

“Sometimes you need to show character. That’s exactly what I did – I won this game of character.”

Van Gerwen suffered a shock defeat to Jeffrey de Zwaan at last weekend’s UK Open and wasn’t satisfied by rebounding with a win on the Premier League stage.

“I still threw a 100 average. A lot of people would be happy with that but I’m not,” he said. “I want to go back to the 105, 106, 107 averages.

“I can do a lot better. Even though I won, which is nice, there is a lot of work to do.”

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Author: Samuel Gill