Newcastle have been told they “should be aiming for Europe” this season by talkSPORT Phone-In hosts Jamie O’Hara and Jason Cundy.
After being picked up last season after years of dissatisfaction under former owner Mike Ashley, expectations have been high for the Geordies this season due to their new cash-injected budget.
Last season, the North East side showed the takeover gave them a boost on the pitch, climbing out of the relegation zone to finish 11th.
This season, the Geordies sit 10th after seven games. However, after drawing 1-1 at home to newly promoted Bournemouth on Saturday, O’Hara said Eddie Howe’s side needed to set themselves higher standards.
And the former Tottenham Hotspur player says he needs to work to play in Europe next season.
“I’m not sure about Newcastle this season so far, I’m not convinced. There haven’t been enough big results for them,” he said.
“They have spent the money, now they have top players in their squad. They have to keep going, Europe has to be the goal.
Meanwhile, Cundy agreed the Magpies should have all eyes on finishing in the top seven.
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But while O’Hara thinks Newcastle are underperforming, the ex-Chelsea star said Newcastle are not far from where they need to be when looking at the table.
“Look at the teams that are above them, [Manchester] City, Arsenal, Spurs, Brighton – okay, we’ll see what happens next [Graham] Potter leaves.
“Manchester United, Fulham – who are the big surprise this season – Chelsea are above them, Liverpool are above them.
“All these teams I just mentioned other than Fulham, other than Brighton and Brentford, means they should be around seventh.