Former Norwich City man Craig Bellamy has tipped the Canaries to retain their Premier League status despite Norwich not having won in eight matches in all competitions.

The ex-Welsh forward came through the youth ranks at Norwich and played for the first-team from 1996 to 2000 before joining Coventry for a fee of £6 million and became the club’s record signing in the process.

Bellamy played for a massive nine different clubs during a lengthy career as his reputation grew and went on to feature for the likes of Newcastle United, Liverpool and Manchester City.

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Now retired, Bellamy told the panel on Sky Sports’ ‘Goals on Sunday’

Credit to Norwich yesterday. I saw enough (to suggest they can stay up). It’s going to be difficult for them – it is for any team that is promoted. I’m quite optimistic they might stay away (from relegation) this year.

Norwich lost 1-0 to surprise league leaders Leicester City yesterday, thanks to a late Leonardo Ulloa goal which heaped more misery on Alex Neil’s side.

The Canaries host an ever-improving Chelsea side on Tuesday night before heading to Wales to play Swansea on what is a “must win” game for Norwich City.