Michael van Gerwen: Dutchman can win more world titles, says John Part
Last Updated: 13/01/14 9:14am
John Part expects Michael van Gerwen to win further World Championship titles after his triumph over Peter Wright in the 2014 final.
Van Gerwen beat Wright 7-4 at a raucous Alexandra Palace to go one better than last year when he lost to darts legend Phil Taylor in the showpiece match.
The Dutchman's victory was far from routine - he raced into a 4-0 lead but saw his opponent, nicknamed 'Snakebite', battle back into the contest and even have a dart to reduce his deficit to 6-5.
But three-time world champion Part reckons that having claimed his maiden Ally Pally title, the 24-year-old can go on to dominate the tungsten landscape.
"With the talent he has, this win has opened it up for him to win more," Part told Sky Sports.
"He was always going to be a world champion as that's who he is."
John Part on Michael van Gerwen
"He had to get the first one out of the way and he will feel so relieved now but he was always going to be a world champion as that's who he is."
Part's fellow analyst Rod Harrington added: "Michael made it harder than it should have been but the crucial set was the seventh when he made it 5-2 after Peter had a chance to make it 4-3.
"That gave him a bit of leeway and he managed to get over the finish line - and he will win a lot more [world titles] because his scoring power gives him chances."
Wright, 43, gave up darts for a period of 10 years but capped a remarkable comeback at Ally Pally, beating the likes of Michael Smith, Wes Newton and Simon Whitlock en route to the final.
And Mardle - four times a semi-finalist at the PDC World Darts Championship - says the Suffolk-based Scot should be proud of what he has achieved in north London.
"Michael went off the boil a tad but Peter, who is confident and a real showman, just carried on," said Mardle. "He didn't relent and took out some really big darts.
"He did himself credit in the final and throughout a magical tournament."