Craig Gardner believes it is 'ridiculous' that Sunderland are being written off following the club's lacklustre start to the new season.
The Black Cats have yet to win in four Premier League games, drawing away to Liverpool and Swansea City, and losing at home to Newcastle United and Chelsea.
The disappointing start has already led to claims that manager Steve Bruce is under pressure, but summer signing Gardner insists there is no cause for alarm.
The former Birmingham City midfielder, who was relegated last season with his old club, is confident he is not in for another year of struggling at the bottom end of the table.
He told The Journal: "We are four games into the [league] season - it's ridiculous.
"People are writing us off, but there's no way you can. I think people are jumping on the bandwagon.
"We haven't played that badly, we are not struggling. We are four games into the season, we have got two points and we have played Newcastle and Chelsea at home. We have actually had two good results away from home.
"I don't understand why people are saying we are struggling because at the end of the day, we are not. We are playing well, we are just lacking a couple of goals, which will come.
"We are a top-quality team and there are four games gone. I can't believe it. The players we have brought in - look at them.
"There's experience, there's youth, there's pace, there's creativity. There's no way we are going to struggle at the bottom all season."