"Inviting Luke Littler to Premier League Darts will be at the expense of his future" - James Wade concerned about 17-year-old top talent

James Wade will not be in the Premier League Darts this year. In 2009, "The Machine" managed to win this PDC major.

Who is in this year's field of Premier League participants is 17-year-old Luke Littler. After his final run at the past World Darts Championship, he now gets to show his tricks every week in the biggest venues in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany and Ireland.

Wade, however, thinks it's too soon for Littler. "A huge tournament in the limelight should have been followed by a year of keeping his head down, picking up ranking points, learning about his game, and gradually becoming a force to be reckoned with," Wade told Daily Star.

"‌But Littler has already become the PDC’s biggest asset and they want to parade him around the country - and in the case of the World Series, the globe - while they have him. I will caveat by saying that he might revel in it, lap it up and finish top of the top four – but ultimately that will come at a cost further down the line."


Yet Littler's strong performances are also an inspiration to Wade. "For the rest of us though it is an incentive. I certainly want to be back in the Premier League and think I have done myself more than justice when I have been included in the past – but the criteria is harder than ever now and to be considered to really must be winning major honours over the course of the year – which is exactly what I am concentrating on doing."

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