Saints aren't out of relegation trouble yet, suggests Sunderland ace

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Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson has suggested that Southampton could still find themselves in a relegation battle.

Sunderland may have lost 8-0 to Southampton just over a week ago, but Adam Johnson doesn't feel that Saints are out of relegation trouble yet. 

Southampton have started the season in flying form, climbing into the top-four and creating talk of a potential Champions League finish. 

However, Johnson thinks that they should still be more concerned about simply staying in the division - suggesting that they could get dragged into a relegation battle if they hit a poor run of form.

"There's probably half the Premier League in a relegation battle at this minute in time, probably more," he said to the Sunderland Echo. "The likes of Southampton are very high at the moment, but three defeats in a row and you're in there anyway. We need to start picking up points and hopefully be pushing away from that.”

Sunderland are currently in the bottom-three after a disastrous spell, but they clearly feel that they can still catch-up with some of the more highly placed teams in the table.

If they manage to breach the gap on Southampton it would be a major surprise, though.

Ronald Koeman's men have been one of the form sides in the division over the opening course of the campaign and they look as if they are set to stay near the top of the table for a considerable amount of time.

The Saints have added quality to a side which impressed last season and the slump which Johnson predicts may happen looks unlikely to take place. 

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