Chris Sutton has told BBC Radio Five Live’s programme ‘The Monday Night Club’ that Norwich City simply are not good enough to stay in the Premier League.
The Canaries have slipped into the relegation zone, after a disastrous run of results in 2016.
And Sutton fears that that his former side’s failure to recruit quality players in January will harm them.
“I think Norwich in big trouble,” he said. “But I don’t think they are underachieving, I just think that they are good enough. They tried to sign players in January, but that hasn’t worked out.
“It’s probably caused him a bit more of a problem, and he’s [Alex Neil] taken criticism for that.
“It’s like the right-back that they signed, Ivo Pinto. Everyone said that he was rapid, but you realise why one of the big guns didn’t sign him - because he can’t defend.”
Norwich are still within touching distance of safety, and they are only one point behind 17th placed Sunderland.
However, their form has been nothing short of disastrous, and Alex Neil seems to be struggling to find a solution.
Norwich have failed to win any of their last nine Premier League matches, and they have conceded a staggering 22 times during those fixtures.
The Canaries’ next match comes against Manchester City on Saturday, and only a much improved performance will give them a chance of causing an upset against Manuel Pellegrini’s side.