Luke Littler left in tears as he receives savage four-word threatening warning from rival before World Matchplay Darts

Luke Littler has taken the darts world by storm over the past several months, and Nathan Aspinall has admitted that many of the sport’s top players are desperate to put the teenager in his place

Darts star Nathan Aspinall has confessed that the sport’s top players are all gunning to stop Luke Littler’s meteoric rise.

The teenage sensation burst onto the scene during the recent world championship and was crowned Premier League champion in May. Littler has quickly inserted himself into the battle for darts’ biggest honours, including the World Matchplay, which was won by Aspinall last year and gets underway this weekend.

In an intriguing first-round match-up, Littler will face off against former world champion Michael van Gerwen, while reigning champion Aspinall takes on Luke Woodhouse on the other side of the draw. When asked about Littler’s impact on the sport, the world No. 5 conceded that many top players “want to smash him” and earn a statement victory over the young star.

“I wouldn’t say trying to impress, I think they just want to smash him,” Aspinall revealed to talkSPORT. “I think he is winning everything so we have to get to his level or it is just going to keep happening.

I think it has given us a kick up the backside, it was the same guys all the time and now Luke is winning the Premier League and everything. We are like, ‘he’s 17 mate, we need to put him back in his place’.

Darts star Nathan Aspinall has confessed that the sport’s top players are all gunning to stop Luke Littler’s meteoric rise. 

The teenage sensation burst onto the scene during the recent world championship and was crowned Premier League champion in May. Littler has quickly inserted himself into the battle for darts’ biggest honours, including the World Matchplay, which was won by Aspinall last year and gets underway this weekend.

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