Peter Wright called out by Nathan Aspinall over bold darts predictions
World Grand Prix finalist Nathan Aspinall has called out Peter Wright over the world champion’s boastful pre-tournament predictions.
Last weekend’s tournament in Leicester saw an exchange of barbs in the media between the top three players in the world, Wright, Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen.
At the start of the tournament, and not for the first time, Wright confidently predicted he would wipe the floor with his opponents, saying Van Gerwen wasn’t the player he was and that Price was the “best number two in the world”.
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Price responded by saying Wright had been “rubbish” this year while Van Gerwen said Snakebite had a “big mouth”. Wright’s words came back to bite him as he was whitewashed 4-0 by MVG in the semi-finals. Van Gerwen then went on to win the tournament, beating Aspinall 5-3 in the final.
Reflecting on the spat involving darts’ ‘big three’, Aspinall says he is mystified as to why Wright continues to make such bold claims.
“Michael and Gerwyn, they speak very well in the media. Everything they say is pretty much bang on,” he told Sky Sports’ Love The Darts podcast.
“It’s the other one [Wright], I just don’t get it. I don’t get involved, that’s a battle between those three. But I just don’t get it. It’s worked for him once when he said, ‘I’m going to win this, I’m going to win that’ and he did win it. Fair play.
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“But you can’t keeping say it. Obviously when you get annihilated by the guy you said isn’t that good, you look a bit of a [expletive]. Like Michael says, he might calm it down a bit, but I don’t think he will. He likes winding people up, let him carry on.”
Following an excellent week at the Grand Prix, Aspinall, is relishing the upcoming majors after overcoming the serious wrist injury which was still troubling him earlier this year.
He has secured a place at the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton which is swiftly followed by the World Championship at the Alexandra Palace. The Asp is hoping to do enough to secure a place in the Premier League line-up for 2023.
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