It’s not often Phil Taylor is ever at the bottom of any pile, but that’s where he is currently residing in the darts Premier League standings after his third defeat in three matches, this time a 7-4 reverse to Peter Wright.
Along with Simon Whitlock, Taylor has no points. Remarkably though, Taylor is still joint second favourite with Adrian Lewis at 4/1 with Boylesports to win the Premier League.
Last night was the first time I have seen Taylor this year, and the first thing that struck me was just how gaunt he looked, he’s clearly lost a lot of weight.
With that in mind, I wouldn’t be writing Phil Taylor off, I think Wayne Mardle’s comment on stage that “Taylor is in decline” could come back to haunt him, and Taylor will be quick to remind him.
If you think Mardle is right, then Taylor can be backed at 6/1 with William Hill to be one of the two players eliminated after week 9’s fixtures.
Taylor is clearly going to need a period of adjustment after losing all that weight. That adjustment may not come in time to save him in the Premier league, but I’m sure it will come.
The difference is these days, that there is a ruthless bunch of guys ready to kick Taylor when he is down, as was shown with Peter Wright’s first ever victory over Taylor last night.
In years gone by, the players may not have had the confidence or self belief that they could beat an off colour Taylor. These days the standard is much higher, and this bunch of players won’t just be taking the chance to beat him, they will be looking to humiliate him.
This isn’t the first time this has happened to Taylor, back in 2008 he lost a lot of weight and struggled then as well. Similar story to now, he lost his world title, and then came into the Premier League looking a new man.
He then started the Premier League in less than impressive style, losing 3 of his opening 4 matches, before roaring back to form beating Wayne Mardle 8-0 in week 5, and then going on to top the table and win the title.
The end will come soon for Taylor, but I wouldn’t be so sure it has come just yet.