Tony Cascarino believes Kyle Walker’s days are numbered in Manchester City’s first-team following the Premier League champions’ shock defeat at Norwich.
Pep Guardiola’s side were stunned in a 3-2 defeat to the injury-hit Canaries on Saturday, which saw them fall five points behind title rivals and table toppers Liverpool.
Without the calming influence of key defender Aymeric Laporte – set to be out for six months with a knee injury – City were all over the place at the back, with defensive errors leading directly to two Norwich goals.
John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi did not look settled alongside each other at Carrow Road, but it was England right-back Walker who was singled out as one of the worst performers.
His poor positioning allowed Norwich to pass their way through the City back-four and score their second goal on the breakaway.
Cascarino told talkSPORT the 29-year-old has not been playing at his best for some time, and predicts summer signing Joao Cancelo to take his place soon.
The Portuguese defender has played just one minute of football since arriving from Juventus for £60million and remained on the bench against Norwich.
Speaking on Sunday’s Weekend Sports Breakfast, ex-Chelsea and Republic of Ireland striker Cascarino said: “Manchester City were defensively awful yesterday.
“John Stones didn’t play well and got caught on the ball a couple of times and obviously it was dreadful defending from Nicolas Otamendi for the third goal.
“I wouldn’t have played them together, I would have played Fernandinho in that position instead.
“They don’t look like a partnership, they don’t look comfortable and there were many times they were in trouble during the game.
“But the one who has got away with it is Kyle Walker, he was poor.
“I just don’t think he is the player he was. I think he’s way off. He had a difficult time last year and that’s why they bought a right back.
“I think Kyle Walker is going to lose his place, he will be out of the team.
“Joao Concelo will come in, they spent a lot of money on him from Juve and he will come in at right-back now, I’m totally convinced.
“For the second goal He’s tried to play offside and realised where he is and then dropped off, and that allowed Norwich about ten yards of space for them to score.
“You can’t do that.”