Nine ‘Contenders’ replace injured Anderson in Premier League
Gary Anderson is set to be replaced by nine ‘contenders’ in the 2019 Premier League, after ‘The Flying Scotsman’ was forced to withdraw through injury. On Monday morning, the PDC announced that Anderson, who missed The Masters last weekend, has been forced to withdraw because of a back injury which has been affecting him repetitively since last year’s Premier League. It was expected that he would be replaced by a big name such as Whitlock, Chisnall, Lewis or maybe even Glen Durrant. However, in a hugely controversial move, the PDC announced that Anderson would be replaced by nine different ‘contenders’ who will play the opening nine nights.
These contenders will be made up of ‘stars of the future and local favourites,’ according to the PDC website. Among the replacements are World Championship stars Nathan Aspinall, Luke Humphries and Chris Dobey who play in Nottingham, Exeter and Newcastle. Local heroes Steve Lennon, John Henderson, Max Hopp and Jeffrey de Zwaan are also to take part, playing in Dublin, Aberdeen, Berlin and Rotterdam. World Youth Champion Dimitri van den Bergh will also compete in the Rotterdam double-header, while 3 time BDO World Champion Glen Durrant, having recently won a PDC Tour Card, finishes off the line up in Glasgow.
The contenders will be unable to earn points in the Premier League, but the other 9 players will keep the points they win against the replacement players. This means that there will be nine people in the league table and only one will be eliminated on ‘Judgement Night.’
The announcement caused huge controversy on social media, with people arguing both for and against the move. Many said that it was a superb announcement for the young stars who get the opportunity to play in front of huge crowds in the hope they will be playing full time in the Premier League in years to come. However, others argued that the likes of Simon Whitlock and Dave Chisnall were much more deserving of the final place based on their performances in 2018.