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Published: 12:55 | 9/10/16

MVG needs 'more world titles'


Michael Van Gerwen needs to add to his sole world title victory if he is to fulfill his potential, according to Wayne Mardle.

The Sky Sports pundit was speaking after watching the world number one crush Gary Anderson 5-2 in the World Grand Prix final at Citywest.

Anderson, who has won the last two world championships, had no answer to the barrage of quality darts from the Dutchman but Mardle believes that despite all his success - 21 titles this season alone - Van Gerwen must add to the world crown he won in 2014.

"I think there's a real funny thing going on I've got to say," Mardle said. "For all the things he's winning, he's somehow got to add to his world title tally.

"There's no point in his retiring in 10, 15 or 20 years whatever it is and have one world title in the bank. That would be an absolute travesty. He's head and shoulders above everyone else barring Gary Anderson.

"Phil Taylor is just below Gary and no offence to the rest and I couldn't care less if I upset them or not, they're nowhere near them three.

"Adrian Lewis and James Wade can't compete with these two and Phil Taylor is better than them.

"For Michael, this is something he loves doing and is just something that's on the road to the world's. He's going to be hard to beat, but he is beatable."

Mardle's colleague John Part believes Van Gerwen must relax if he is to win the world title again.

"That's the one he wants to win the most, so it's the pressure he's put on himself and it's also the one everyone else wants to win the most too. There's a combination of factors.

"I think he will win more titles but he needs to loosen up a bit more and stop trying so hard. He knows he's the best player in the world."

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