Former Aston Villa and Norwich City player Dion Dublin claims that Sunderland are the best equipped of the teams fighting relegation to survive due to Sam Allardyce and Jermain Defoe, in quotes for the BBC.
Villa, Newcastle United, Sunderland and Norwich make up the bottom four and the latest results this weekend may have huge implications in the fight for Premier League survival.
Sunderland only managed a 0-0 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion, while the Canaries secured a last-gasp 3-2 win over relegation rivals Newcastle to leave Alex Neil’s men four points clear of safety.
That said, Dublin still feels the Black Cats and not Norwich are best equipped to beat the drop.
"Down there, Sunderland are best equipped to stay up, because of the manager and goalscorer Jermain Defoe,” he told BBC Radio Five Live during commentary on Newcastle’s clash with Norwich.
Norwich’s win leaves Newcastle now six points adrift of safety, with their game in hand on their rivals being at St. James’ Park against a Manchester City side vying for a place in the top four.
The Magpies are in deep trouble, and upcoming home encounters with Swansea City and Crystal Palace are now must-win matches if they are to void relegation to the Championship.
But what about Sunderland? It’s true that in Jermain Defoe they have arguably the most prolific striker of those clubs down the bottom, yet they continue to drop points where they shouldn’t.
The Black Cats have drawn against Palace, Southampton, Newcastle and now West Brom in their last four matches when on chances created they should have pocketed at the very least eight.
Time is running out for Sam Allardyce’s men, and defeat to Norwich in their next away trip could all-but end their hopes of preserving their Premier League status come the end of the season.