Michael van Gerwen believes he is ready to reclaim his throne as the most dominant force in darts, and could hold onto it for another decade to come.
Premier League Darts returns on Monday night with Van Gerwen sat top of the table and looking to continue his fine form in the tournament against Nathan Aspinall, who is just one place behind him.
The only man to win his last three games in the competition, MVG has hit his stride impressively and believes that he is returning to the form which saw him dominate the sport for years from 2014 until he was dethroned as world number one by Gerwyn Price in January.
While MVG has had a quiet 18 months on the oche by his standards, falling to number three in the world, he does not believe anyone has really taken hold as the dominant force in the game and now it is time for him to regain that position.
‘Can I dominate for another 10 years? Of course I can,’ Van Gerwen told OCHE magazine. ‘Even though I didn’t have my best year last year. But did anyone else really stand up and say I’m the boss now? No one did.
‘Of course Gerwyn [Price] won the World Championship, Dimitri Van den Bergh won the Matchplay but no one really stood up. I’m going to stand up now and say, “I’m the boss again.”
‘I miss Gary [Anderson] because he’s not 100 per cent what he can be and the same Peter Wright. It’s tough sometimes, Adrian Lewis is dropping down the rankings. It’s moving a lot, it’s weird.
‘It’s difficult for me to understand because sometimes I think, why’s Michael Smith not here for instance? Raymond’s not here, Phil Taylor the same. The game of darts is moving on and we all have to accept that. Sometimes it’s difficult because there’s new names coming through.’
Van Gerwen has always relished his rivalry with Anderson, who is battling it out for a place in the Premier League play-offs.
The remaining four league nights are played Monday-Thursday before the play-offs on Friday, but while Anderson is just two points off the top four going into Monday’s action, he admits he is not exactly confident in his game.
‘One minute the throw’s fine then it’s gone, I can’t work it out at all.’ he told OCHE.
‘I’m still winning games, I should be making it easier. I’m not saying that I’m better than any other player. Instead of 60s I should be hitting 140s or tons at least. Some of the throws I’m not even close.’
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The return of the Premier League on Monday night will also see the return of fans to live darts, with the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes welcoming back supporters.
Van Gerwen is relishing the prospect and feels it will help his game on the big stage.
‘I’m certainly looking forward to that,’ MVG told AD.nl. ‘It will be a moment of goosebumps.
‘I think it’s to my advantage. I know better than anyone how to approach that and how to perform under that pressure.’
Premier League Night 13 fixtures (Monday 24 May)
Jonny Clayton vs Gary Anderson
José de Sousa vs Dimitri Van den Bergh
Nathan Aspinall vs Michael van Gerwen
James Wade vs Peter Wright
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