There are “no great players in the world” claims Peter Wright

Wright celebrates at the Winter Gardens (credit:Chris Dean/PDC)

Peter Wright has blasted that there are “no great players in the world” and that he wishes Phil Taylor would come out of retirement.

Wright faces Simon Whitlock in the Quarter-Finals of the BetVictor World Matchplay on Friday after crushing Kim Huybrechts 11-5 with a 105.6 average - the highest of the tournament so far.

But in a shock revelation, Wright believes there are no greats left in the sport and that if Taylor returned, he would be world number one.

"I've come here to win," said Wright. "I know what it takes to win. Phil Taylor, the best player in the world, is not in this tournament.

"Yes there are some other good players in this tournament but there's no great players. 

"Phil is the only player I gave 150 per cent focus for what he gave darts and the respect I gave to him on the oche. 

"I don't give anyone else that and I should do. That’s why I lose a lot of matches.

"That's because I always concentrate more against Phil because he is a legend and the hardest player to beat in the world.

"He was a much tougher opponent than Michael van Gerwen, easily. 

"I wish Phil would come back, I don’t know why he gave up but he has his own reasons, bless him for that. He'd be number two in the world if he decided to go to every tournament.

"He'd only be behind MVG because he's a million pound in front of everybody. But if we all started again, Phil would be number one."

Wright continues to dabble with his dart set-ups and also admitted to firing-up Huybrechts on purpose before their second round clash.

He added: "I believe if you’ve got your mental game. That's the most important part, all the rest is just like 10 per cent your ability.

"My mental game is correct. I missed a few doubles and I should have finished the game a lot earlier.

"Kim was playing proper darts and I need that, I need someone to push me. Just like Raymond van Barneveld pushed Gary Anderson, that was brilliant to watch.

"Yes I'm three matches away from winning the tournament, but it’s one match at a time. I said quite a lot before playing Kim to fire him up to make him play well. 

"I wanted a game of darts and I know Kim had been struggling and he played really good darts to beat John Henderson, he had to.

"But recently he hadn’t been playing that good so I needed to say a few things just to fire him up. There was nothing meant by it. I just wanted to be pushed to see if I could handle the pressure."

The world number two is vying for his second major title to add to the 2017 UK Open and victory over 'The Wizard' would see him through to a first major Semi-Final since last November's Grand Slam of Darts.

He added: "I think it will be tough against Simon, over 100 averages from both of us. He’s playing well and fought his way back after the past couple of years of struggling with his confidence. But now we’ve seen the old Simon back.

"Before playing Kim I tried at least seven different set-ups just to get any negative doubts out of my head.

"I don’t know whether I’ll change set-up again. Yes I’ve just got a 106 average but I could change and get a 110 average, you never know.

"I will need that sort of average to win the Matchplay, given the quality of the players left in the tournament.

"Everyone is playing great but you don’t want to show too much yet. I’m saving the best up."




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