Mick Quinn believes Newcastle can secure a Premier League top four finish

The Newcastle legend has suggested that the Magpies are one of the contenders for a top four finish this season.

The Tyneside club moved back into the top half of the Premier League table on Saturday, after overcoming league leaders Chelsea by a 2-1 scoreline.

Having been the first team to defeat the Blues this campaign, Alan Pardew has proven that there is enough talent in the Magpies ranks to defeat even the best sides in the division, and fans will be hoping for a repeat of his best ever season as Newcastle manager - when he guided the side to fifth place in 2012.

The Toon now have more points than both Liverpool and Tottenham - who have European aspirations - and are joint with perennial top-four side Arsenal on 23 points. After a torrid start to the campaign, Pardew has overseen a remarkable turnaround, and it shouldn’t be too long before the club have secured their survival and can start to look at moving up the table. The side are set to strengthen in January, and, should they keep hold of Moussa Sissoko and Cheick Tiote over the transfer window, the squad is definitely good enough to fight for a Europa League place.

While many would suspect that a top five finish is the best Newcastle can achieve this term, former Magpies forward Mick Quinn believes that they should be considered as one of the real contenders for a top four finish due to the weakness of the Premier League this season.

“Apart from Chelsea, who remain a superb team, and Manchester City, the Premier League is moderate,” the 52-year-old told the Chronicle. “That’s the best word to describe it.

“Third and fourth place are up for grabs. There could be as many as eight teams who can finish in the top four. I have changed my mind from a few weeks ago. I now honestly believe we are among them.

“Arsenal, who we play this weekend, are all over the place right now. Liverpool have been poor and while Manchester United are still third, that was one of the worst performances I have ever seen from them on Monday when they somehow won at Southampton.”

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