Darts is the second-most-watched sport in the UK on Sky Sports, but despite the game being so widely available to view, there are plenty of talented players who are yet to put together a real run on the big stage.
Indeed, while the likes of Gerwyn Price, Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright are household names these days, there are a plethora of talented dartists that the wider public may not have seen or heard of, so here are five players that you may not know about that could soon make a big impression in the PDC.
The Aussie won a tour card for the first time this year, and it has to be said that he absolutely deserved it.
Heta is already a winner on the PDC circuit, winning the Brisbane Darts Masters in 2019, beating none-other than former world champion Rob Cross in the final.
Perhaps Heta was buoyed by being the fan favourite in his native Australia that day, but to win a PDC tournament without even having a card is some feat, and if he can replicate that form more often going forward, we could see him make some serious runs on TV this year.
Jose De Sousa
You may be familiar with the Portuguese number one due to his hilarious miscounts on the oche that have gone viral over the past 12 months, but what you may not realise that he’s an incredible player.
The clip of him taking out 39 by going 5, D16, D1, is undoubtedly brilliant, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that he beat Daryl Gurney 6-2 that day, averaging 100.63.
He also won a tour event last year beating Gerwyn Price 8-1 in the final, but he’s yet to put together a serious run on TV, but when he inevitably does, he will be an immediate fan favourite.
Kai Fan Leung
Another man who earnt his tour card this year, this man’s A-game is up there with the best of them.
He’s already put up two ton-plus averages on the Pro Tour this year, and the fact that he was able to average over 107 twice in one day under the immense pressure at Q-School shows just what a class act he is.
Teehan may be more of one for the future, but he definitely deserves a bit of recognition.
He pushed Mervyn King to the brink of elimination at this year’s World Championships, and you don’t do that unless you’re a supremely talented player.
The Irishman is just 21, but he’s already claimed some big scalps on the circuit, boasting wins over the likes of Stephen Bunting and Dimitri van den Bergh this year.
The 22-year-old from Burton is primed and ready to make a big impression in the PDC.
He’s already won £17,500 in prize money this year, and when he’s at his best he’s amongst the best of them.
Player’s Championship 11 last year was where he shined brightest, putting up a 106.13 average in a 6-1 rout of Willie O’Connor, banging in a nine-darter to finish the Irishman off.