Luke Littler ‘ruffling feathers’ as rival weighs in on star after opponent left fuming | Other | Sport

Luke Littler has been ‘ruffling feathers’ with his performances on the darts circuit, according to rival James Wade. The teenage sensation has gone from strength to strength ever since he burst onto the scene at the World Championships last year, and Wade believes he’s getting under the skin of opponent players.

It’s been a monumental rise for Luke ‘The Nuke’ Littler, who this time last year was relatively unknown, even by those well-versed in the world of darts. Fast forward a year and the now 17-year-old is pretty much a household name, with Littler tipped to dominate the sport for years to come.

That’s something opponent Wade has noticed, with the current world number 20 writing in his Daily Star column: “Littler continues to make the game look extremely easy.

“He’s hitting nine-darters, winning tournaments and ruffling a few feathers in the process. He is extremely good for our sport and everyone will reap the rewards from high viewing figures, wider interest and a new audience.”

It comes after Littler was involved in a spat with fellow darts player Ricardo Pietreczko, who accused the Runcorn-born ace of being ‘arrogant’. Littler beat Pietreczko en route to winning the Belgian Darts Open last week, with his opponent saying after the game: “I hope the arrogance punishes him”.

Pietreczko was left unhappy by the way Littler behaved at the oche, hinting the World Championship runner-up has become too big for his boots ever since making a name for himself. However, Littler responded in typically mature fashion, telling Sky Sports: “It has all come quicker than I even imagined for myself and my family but I just have to thank myself for how well I played at the World Championships and then keeping this good form up.

“Hitting a nine-darter, especially in front of that crowd, it was an amazing achievement for myself… I think, ever since I have burst onto the scene, I know every player wants to beat me.”

He added: “Even my family and my manager have said you have always got to be on your A game because anyone who plays me now, it is a cup final to them. Hopefully I can win a night. The Premier League is all about every week winning that first game and getting the two points on the board.”

Littler will get that opportunity this evening, when he returns to Premier League action for night seven in Nottingham. It won’t be an easy task for ‘The Nuke’ though, as first up in the quarter-final is current table-topper and outright favourite Michael van Gerwen.

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