West Brom boss Tony Mowbray ahs admitted that most of his squad are not up to the rigours of Premier League football.
The Baggies are flailing at the foot of the table and Mowbray said it may not get any better if opponents continue to take advantage of his players inexperience.
"The learning curve is huge for my players and they are trying to do it in The Premier League every week against good players who know the game," he said in The Daily Mirror.
"Those players can smell the naivety of my players. They can smell the fact that they are not in total control of the situation they find themselves in.
"They can smell we are not in control of our understanding of the game, and maybe it is too steep a learning curve.
"Someone told me a story about a West Brom player a few years ago playing against Marcel Desailly in The Premier League.
"Desailly had that much control of the game, he was shouting at the player, 'No, no, don't run now, it's too soon. Now you run'.
"He was teaching him the game as he played against him.
"He was taking the mickey, but when you have experienced players they can see the picture and they are in total control. We don't have that.
"They are young and I can try to teach them, but The Premier League is a tough place to learn.
"But I'd still rather do that than play survival football every year."