Rising darts star backed for Premier League spot after latest triumph

This year’s Premier League is still ongoing, but one player is already making a strong case to be a part of the darting roadshow in 2023.

Luke Humphries has enjoyed an outstanding start to 2022 and won his second European Tour title in the space of a month in Prague on Sunday, defeating Rob Cross 8-5 in the final of the Czech Open.

Humphries further enhanced his reputation as one of the sport's hottest prospects with impressive victories over Michael van Gerwen and Dimitri Van den Bergh en route to the final. A winner of April's German Grand Prix, Humphries averaged 100.34 in the final to rack up his third PDC ranking event win of 2022.

In the last six months, Humphries has won a higher percentage of legs played than any other PDC Tour player. And after his latest tour triumph, the Newbury thrower admitted that he is already eyeing a spot on next year’s Premier League roster.

“I'm noticing in my game now, I'm getting that confidence. I want to be in the Premier League. If I can keep playing like this on the stage, then it will come,” he said. “I need to start believing I am one of the top players in the world. To win two Euro Tours, it's unbelievable.”

And many fans agree, with Gary Anderson’s spot in the Premier League looking increasingly precarious after a poor season. However, he will need to keep up his stellar form if he is to realise his Premier League dream. With a host of majors coming up in the second half of the year, he will get plenty of opportunities to strengthen his claim.

Will Luke Humphries make the cut for next year's Premier League? Have your say in the comments section below.

Gareth Hughes tweeted: “Luke will need to put either winning the matchplay or the Grand Prix on his resume for that to happen but he regularly proves over the shorter format he can mix it with the game's biggest players.”

Jon Thompson added: “Is playing well enough and doesn't seem to be in the category of players they'll just ignore no matter how well they play. Could easily be out if we get some random major winners and/or they keep picking Anderson for no reason.”

@D_Darts125 said: “He'll need a great run at a major – possibly win one, but that looks more and more likely” while @TheThorn69 tweeted: “Hopefully yes. He would be a breath of fresh air. The PL desperately needs a few new players.”

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