Newcastle set for top-six challenge next season after 'brilliant' Joelinton claim - pundit
Newcastle United should be aiming for a top-six finish next season after securing their place in the Premier League.
That’s according to former West Ham hitman Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Joelinton spoke out about his hopes for next season.
Newcastle’s Premier League status was secured after Leeds lost 3-0 to Chelsea on Wednesday (11 May).
The North East giants were bottom of the Premier League when Eddie Howe took over the side in November.
However, following a big spend in January and more signings expected this summer, McAvennie insists there is no reason why Newcastle can’t challenge the likes of West Ham next season.
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“Top-six has to be the aim,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“It won’t be easy but that’s where the club should aim to be. Look at how quickly they have risen up the table.
“They were ninth at one point a few weeks ago. The five signings came in during the January window and they have all done really well.
“If they keep that going and get some much better players this summer, that probably makes them top-six contenders.
“Even if they don’t end up getting into Europe, to be up there and challenging is a massive improvement for them.
“But if Joelinton is saying that, which is brilliant by the way, then other players will be thinking it. It would be great to see Newcastle back there so I think they will make the signings to get them there.”
Newcastle last played in Europe during the 2012-13 season.
They reached the Europa League quarter-finals before being knocked out by Benfica.