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Luke Littler rival warns 17-year-old of ‘absolutely grim’ reality all darts players struggle with


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Luke Littler has been warned that he’ll come crashing back down to earth at some stage this season when the hectic scheduling catches up with him.

The 17-year-old has become the biggest name in darts ever since his dream run to the final of the World Championships.

He followed that up with a nine-darter in Bahrain where he went all the way and won the final for his first PDC senior title.

The next week saw Littler reach the final of the Dutch Masters before narrowly losing to Michael van Gerwen.

Luke Littler faces a hectic schedule in his first year on tour

Luke Littler faces a hectic schedule in his first year on tour


Littler then made his Premier League debut this week, losing to 2023 world champion Michael Smith in a close contest.

Nathan Aspinall knows more than most just how skilled Littler is and what he’s capable of as they both hail from the same stable.

The 32-year-old has no doubt that Littler will go on to dominate the sport for years to come.

However, Aspinall feels winning the Premier League on his debut season will prove too difficult for Littler as the campaign progresses.

“He’s got a fantastic future ahead of him, but I do think the Premier League is going to be tough for him,” Aspinall told Metro.

“Even though he’s probably number two in the world at the moment, performance-wise.

“The test is when you’re absolutely knackered, all you want to do is go home, but you’ve got three more days to go after being on the road for two weeks.

“We’ll have to see how he deals with them situations.

Luke Littler has become the biggest name in darts

Luke Littler has become the biggest name in darts


“He can win the Premier League, of course he can. Will he win the Premier League? I think he’ll struggle. “At the moment every week he’s doing something new. The Worlds, then in the Premier League, then Bahrain, a nine-darter, a final. “I think the first month or so he’ll be enjoying it, he’s got loads of exciting moments.“Then after that the Euro Tours and Pro Tours kick in. The travelling is a nightmare logistically, it can be absolutely grim.


Nathan Aspinall thinks Luke Littler will eventually struggle

Nathan Aspinall thinks Luke Littler will eventually struggle


“When that starts there’s more to it than just darts. We’re used to it, we’ve done it for years. He’s not and he will struggle.

“So I don’t think he’ll win it. I do think he’ll make top four. But I’ll win it.”

Littler wasn’t involved in the Cazoo Masters this weekend as he just missed out on being inside the top 24 on the Order of Merit.

He’s next in action in the second night of the Premier League season on February 8 in Berlin.

The teenager will then compete in his first Players Championship event in Wigan a few days later.

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