Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi believes the Magpies can challenge for the Champions League in coming seasons.
Newcastle have only won one of their last seven games, but currently sit mid-table, 18 points off the Champions League places, seven points clear of relegation.
But Ameobi, who has scored five goals in 24 appearances this term, believes that under current manager Alan Pardew, the side can go on to greater things:
Talking to the Newcastle Chronicle, the former England U21 international said: “There’s no better feeling then hearing the Champions League music and lining up in a black and white shirt – why not strive for the top? As a player you want to play in the biggest competitions.
“Playing top teams in Europe is something you cherish. Being a young lad at the time I took it for granted that we would be in it every year after that, which you just can’t do. But you can strive to get back to it and strive to be better as a player and a club.
“If you aren’t striving to get back to the top then why are you here? As hard as it might be, we have to think positive, and one day in the not too distant future we can get back.”