I THINK it’s a sign of how things can change so quickly in the Premier League that three defeats on the bounce suddenly has people panicking.

I get that the defensive performances haven’t been great by any stretch of the imagination at times but it’s a dip in form and these things happen.

Now, before anyone starts accusing me of being deluded, let’s look at the evidence.

This isn’t the first time we’ve been here. For those who remember that far back, the first half of last season was rank bad… and we still survived.

Yes, we’re giving away goals at dreadful times (the last three games have all seen goals shipped just before half time) and yes, we’re not scoring enough.

But teams go through these kind of spells and they very rarely turn into a full-blown crisis.

I do think the first 11 probably needs a bit of a shake up and it was telling that, for many, half-time sub Charlie Taylor was the pick of the bunch during the 3-0 loss at Sheffield United on Saturday.

I think Erik Pieters has done reasonably well this season in the left back position but Taylor just, for me, offers more of what we need.

Pieters can cross a ball - and we’ve notched a couple of goals thanks to them - but we don’t see him making the same kind of gallops forward as we see from Taylor.

That’s not a criticism of the Dutchman, it’s just not his natural game.

I think getting Taylor back in that side will open up that side of the pitch, especially given the partnership he built with Dwight McNeil in the second – successful – half of last season.

The pair work well together and if we can get them both on form then the dip will soon become an upward spike.

I’d also be tempted to further freshen up our backline a little.

Both Ben Mee and James Tarkowski have won plenty of plaudits before the recent run but it is easy to get complacent.

We’ve got a very able defender in Ben Gibson - and Kevin Long - sitting on the bench and maybe a promotion to the starting line-up will focus a couple of minds.

I’m sure Sean Dyche is already considering his options and I’d be surprised if we didn’t see some movement within the squad.

But let’s not panic just yet if things don’t go our way… there’s a hell of a long way to go until the end of the campaign!