Premier League urged to "drop down to 18 teams and get rid of the dross"

The Premier League have been urged by Jamie O'Hara to reduce the size of the league from 20 teams down to 18 in order to "get rid of the dross.".

The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder took aim at Norwich City among others as he ranted about the quality in the bottom half of the league table.

Four teams remain without a win after seven matches of the season, with Norwich joined in this category by Southampton, Burnley and Newcastle United.

If Norwich were to be relegated this season, it would be the fourth time since 2014 and their second in three seasons.

Speaking on talkSPORT, O'Hara said: “There are 20 teams in the Premier League and it’s almost getting ridiculous with Norwich.

"They are yet to win a game. There are other teams involved in this – Southampton, Newcastle, Burnley and Norwich yet to win a league match this season.

“It starts to raise the question for me, Norwich have come into the Premier league again and are the whipping boys.

“I said it at the start of the season and I took a load of stick from Norwich fans who were saying ‘we’re going to have a go this season, we spent money, we’re going to be there’.

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“Again they are showing they are an embarrassment to the Premier League. They’ve got one point and it’s just ridiculous."

After his scathing review of Norwich's start to the season, which sees them rock bottom with one point from seven matches, O'Hara called for the league to be reduced in size to 18 teams.

"It raises the question of all these players being fatigued, too many games, the big teams looking at doing the Super League, which I’m against, but I think they are starting to get the hump with irrelevant football matches," he added.

“I think you could drop it down to 18 teams and you get rid of the dross. Get rid of the teams who are no good, who are killing the Premier League, because it has got to such heights now.

“These games where you’ve got Norwich getting beaten all the time, coming up and just killing the Premier League, it’s just pointless.”

When the Premier League was formed in 1992 it had 22 teams, before being reduced to its current 20 team size in 1995.

Reducing the top flight by two teams would likely cause disruption further down the leagues, with the EFL having to relegate more teams to avoid the Championship increasing to 26 teams.

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