Commentator Stuart Pyke on future of Adrian Lewis: "Another poor year and he's gone"
For Smith, he has yet to claim a big major title and lost early doors at the most recent World Championship.
"The questions will remain, quite rightly until he breaks that barrier and wins a big one," said Pyke to Online Darts. "The more it happens, the more difficult it will become. You look at Terry Jenkins and yes it's a yesteryear era but it's the same scenario and for me Michael Smith is a much better player than Terry Jenkins ever was and Terry wouldn't mind me saying."
In the opening round of the Masters, Smith will take on Adrian Lewis, who has been waiting for another major victory since 2014 and has had a huge slide.
"As for Adrian, he's one of the most friendliest people you will ever meet. He will do anything for you. He just hasn't shown enough in his game to suggest that he can reach those levels again. It's difficult to see, for me this is the year. Another poor year and he's gone, he's out of the top 32."