Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has worryingly admitted to the Independent that his squad are not suited to a relegation scrap.
Sherwood feels that his players would function better if the pressure was off, with too many unaccustomed to having to scrap for points.
"We've got a group of players who are not really suited to a relegation battle, if I'm honest," he said.
"The old-fashioned style is blood and thunder to dig out results so we have to change it."
It is a serious concern for the club because only last week Sherwood admitted that Villa were in a relegation 'dog-fight'.
Villa are currently just outside the drop zone, after picking up a win against West Bromwich Albion last night, but to think that their safety is anywhere near secure would be naive.
They will need to continue to show desire and quality for the remainder of the campaign if they are to avoid falling back into the bottom three, but Sherwood's comments mean questions are sure to be asked about whether their current team can do this.
Although they showed passion to beat Albion on Tuesday, Villa have struggled for consistency this campaign and the task for the team will be to build on that result.
The Claret and Blues have 10 games left this season and will need to get five victories out of them if they are to match Sherwood's win target.
It is an ambitious aim and the squad are going to have to prove their manager wrong and show that they can thrive under pressure if they are to achieve it.