Phil Taylor is in favour of the addition of Premier League ‘contenders’. But, speaking to Live Darts, the Power does believe there was a better solution to Gary Anderson’s withdrawal.

The 16-time world champion offered his thoughts before the Premier League heads to Glasgow for Week Two. Glen Durrant will make his cameo in Scotland, playing Daryl Gurney. Chris Dobey brought the house down in Newcastle last week. And there is plenty of interest in seeing the likes of Luke Humphries, Max Hopp and Dimitri van den Bergh on Premier League stages. PDC legend Taylor was tentatively pleased with the idea. Yet he feels that the inclusion of one new player was needed, not nine.

“I quite like it,” said Taylor on the ‘contenders’ initiative.

“Me personally, I think it’s a great idea.

“But I would’ve probably just put one player in, say Chris Dobey. Or Simon (Whitlock), or Adie (Lewis). Just stuck with one player, so they could go on and qualify, and win it.”

“I’d have the hump”

A number of top players were overlooked. Simon Whitlock and Dave Chisnall were two of the higher-ranked players to be snubbed. There was also no look-in for Darren Webster, Ian White, Joe Cullen or Adrian Lewis. Taylor admitted that had he been one of those overlooked, he wouldn’t have liked it.

“Of course I would have the hump! And I know exactly why it’s been done that way – to create interest.

“Barry Hearn, he knows what he’s doing. And Sky, they know what they’re doing.

“It’ll be a winner. Maybe do that every year!” Taylor added, suggesting that the ‘contenders’ idea could have legs.

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Author: Ed McCosh