Phil Taylor has called to be contained at Wolverhampton in this year’s Grand Slam of Darts.
Bennett stormed by becoming the youngest world champion in January, defeating the Nathan Girvan 3-0 at the Lakeside of Scotland to win at the BDO World Youth Championship.
The schoolboy nicknamed’Boom Boom’ has enjoyed success on the older BDO Tour at 2019 and has also scooped six of the 10 events.
PDC chairman Barry Hearn has advocated that the BDO to include Bennett among the eight representatives for the cross-code event of November and speculation is mounting the 13-year-old has been considered for selection.
The celebrity has climbed to 17th over the likes of Martin Adams and Scott Waites about the BDO standings, also Taylor thinks substantial interest would be generated by Bennett addition.
“I’m not a major dart-watcher,” Taylor told Sky Sports.
“Somebody just asked me a question of young Leighton Bennett and should have a wildcard into Wolverhampton?
“My answer was that I do not watch the darts on TV but if Leighton Bennett understands a wildcard I’ll watch it since he’s exciting. He’s a nightmare to play.”
Taylor retired from action following the 2018 World Championship, but the world champion has confronted Bennett twice on the exhibition circuit in recent months and he’s experienced mixed fortunes.
‘The’ Power’ defeated the child 10-7 at London’s Tower in March, although Bennett acquired his revenge, beating back the 59-year-old 4-1 in the SAP Darts Slam at Frankfurt in June.
“I have played with him a couple of times and he is a complete nightmare, because he is a young lad and he’s good,” Taylor added.
“He has no fear at him at all. I quite like that in him”
You may hear the complete interview with Phil Taylor on the latest episode of the Darts Show podcast next week….
It is not very long to wait till darts is back on Sky Sports, the World Grand Prix gets underway Sunday, October 6 in Dublin’s Citywest Arena October 12, and seven days of policy continues until the final on Saturday.
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