Dave Chisnall believes he will taking on the true world number one when the Betway Premier League Darts moves on to Birmingham on Thursday night.
The Morecambe ace’s play-off hopes were dealt a blow with a 7-4 defeat to reigning world champion and league leader Michael van Gerwen in Manchester last time out.
Chisnall next faces the sport’s greatest ever player Phil Taylor however on a night where he also goes up against Scot Robert Thornton.
He said: “I don’t think van Gerwen is the best player in the world.
“I think Taylor still is. He’s too good, amazing sometimes.
“Next week will be good. He won’t be the best in the world in Birmingham! But when he’s on, Taylor’s something different.
“I looking forward to it though and hopefully I can do the double.”
Chisnall matched van Gerwen for long periods at the Phones 4 U Arena but a couple of crucial misses saw the Dutchman move back to the top of the table.
Currently sixth, the Morecambe man however believes his form isn’t too bad and is still confident of reaching the top four to seal a place in the play-offs at the O2 Arena in May.
Chisnall said: “I’m playing quite well, I just need to tighten up on my doubles a bit.
“I didn’t do too badly with them on Thursday but when I needed to hit them I missed.
“I’ve got four games left and that’s eight points.
“That could get me there but it depends on the other results too.”