Chris Sutton has told BBC Radio Five Live’s Monday Night Club programme, which was broadcast on 7 March, that Norwich City would have stayed up if they had Jermain Defoe this season.
Defoe has been nothing short of a revelation for Norwich’s relegation rivals Sunderland this term, as he has rolled back the years.
The veteran front man has proved his finishing ability once again and he currently tops Sunderland’s goal-scoring charts by a considerable distance.
Sutton believes that a clinical finisher like Defoe is all that Norwich have been lacking this term, as Cameron Jerome has not been able to be as ruthless as required for Alex Neil’s side.
“If Norwich had Jermain Defoe, they would have stayed up this season because Cameron Jerome, he has missed some chances,” Sutton said.
“They are not dead and buried, they still have a spirit about them, but they’ve only taken one point from nine games.”
Jerome has scored just three Premier League goals this campaign, despite making 28 appearances.
Norwich’s other strikers have also struggled to hit the back of the net and Neil’s side are currently in 18th place in the standings as a result.
Defoe, on the other hand, has been prolific and he is enjoying his finest campaign in recent times.
The 33-year-old has bagged 14 goals in 26 appearances this term, and his form is a major reason why Sunderland are currently clear of the drop zone.