Luke Littler Dismisses Advice from Fellow Premier League Participants While Claiming "Big Boy" Status

Luke Littler shines at the 2024 BetMGM Premier League Darts preview event, confidently declaring himself among darts’ elite at the Principality Stadium. SportsBoom interviews Littler and other top players like Michael van Gerwen, Luke Humphries, and Gerwyn Price.

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Written by: Louis Hobbs

(Senior Sports Writer)

Fact checked by: Wade McElwain

(Senior Sports Writer)

Last updated: 2024-01-31

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Youthful Exuberance or Naivety?

The buzz surrounding the 2024 BetMGM Premier League Darts pre-event media launch day at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff reached new heights as young sensation Luke Littler stood firm on his individual approach to the challenging 16-week schedule.

Speaking to SportsBoom, the 17-year-old sensation, Luke Littler, made it clear that he is charting his own course in the prestigious Premier League Darts tournament. "I don't really want any advice off any of these players. I know they've been here and done it, but I'm only interested in myself," he declared during the media launch press conference, exuding a confidence that some may interpret as youthful exuberance.

Littler’s Individualistic Approach to Preparation

Littler's determination to forge his own path is admirable, yet some seasoned professionals may suggest that his reluctance to seek guidance from more experienced players might be a sign of youthful naivety. The gruelling 16-week schedule of the Premier League Darts is known to test even the most seasoned professionals, and navigating it successfully often requires a blend of skill, experience, and mental fortitude.

The rising star's commitment to self-reliance was further emphasised as he shared insights into his pre-match routine. "When I'm in the venue, I just keep myself to myself and do my practice routines. I don't need to interact with any of the players," he stated, showcasing a disciplined and focused approach to his preparation.

Luke Humphries Weighs In

Differing notably in approach from the unwavering self-confidence of Luke Littler, the reigning World Champion, Luke Humphries, provided a more seasoned perspective as he contemplates entering his inaugural Premier League campaign. Humphries articulated his distinctive method, stating, "I’m obviously different in that regard. I've sought advice over the years, even when I've not been in just to see, test the water and see how busy it really is."

His proactive stance and willingness to seek counsel, even during periods when he wasn't a part of the tournament, highlight the importance he places on understanding the unique challenges posed by the Premier League Darts. In recognising the inherent difficulty of navigating the Premier League for the first time, Humphries pragmatically advises, "Every player is different. It's hard because it's your first time, so you've just sort of got to take the experience and play it by ear to be honest." 



Gerwyn Price’s Parallels on The Nuke’s Solitary Approach

Additionally, Gerwyn Price drew parallels to Littler with his own early experiences in the world of professional darts. Price remarked, "When I see him in and around the practice room and the way he approaches everything and just sits here on his phone playing games and doesn’t really interact. That's the way I was in the beginning, and I think that's perfect for him. He just gives everything on the dartboard and doesn’t care about anything else."

Price's observation sheds light on Littler's seemingly solitary and focused approach, reminiscent of Price's own early days when he burst onto the scene. Like Littler, Price embraced a method that prioritized unwavering dedication to the game, suggesting that such a single-minded focus on the dartboard, coupled with an indifference to external distractions, might indeed be the key to success for emerging talents in the demanding realm of the Premier League Darts.

Van Gerwen’s Verdict and the “Big Boys League”

Michael van Gerwen, also offered his insights on the rising talent, Luke Littler, stating, "Everyone has to adjust themselves and work a lot harder, even him. He’s in the big boys league now." This acknowledgment from van Gerwen underscores the demanding nature of the Premier League Darts and suggests that Littler, despite his youth, has earned his place among the elite players.

Van Gerwen's recognition of the challenges that come with competing in the "big boys league" emphasises the level of competition Littler is set to face, while simultaneously signalling a level of respect for the young player's potential impact in the prestigious tournament.

Littler Declares Himself Among the Premier League’s Elite

Moreover, in response to van Gerwen's assessment, the 17-year-old continued to exude palpable confidence, boldly asserting, "Surely, I'm one of the big boys now." This declaration not only reflects Littler's unwavering self-belief but also signals a readiness to confront the challenges associated with being a recognised contender for years to come.

Guidance Beyond the Oche

Perhaps most intriguingly, Littler conveyed his preference for seeking guidance from his family or a sports psychologist in case things don't go as planned in the initial weeks of the tournament. "If it doesn't work out for me in the first few weeks, I'd much rather handle it with my parents or seek advice from a sports psychologist," he revealed.

This stance sets Littler apart from many of his peers who often turn to seasoned players for mentorship during challenging times. The young player's confidence in his unique path suggests a maturity beyond his years, signalling a mindset geared towards sustained success in the demanding world of professional darts.

Night One in Cardiff Awaits

As the Premier League Darts season kicks off, all eyes will be on Luke Littler, the self-assured "big boy" ready to make his mark in the world of darts, adhering to his own methods and seeking guidance from those closest to him. Cardiff awaits, and Littler's journey promises to be one of individuality, resilience, and the pursuit of excellence.


Image credit: Professional Darts Corporation (PDC)

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