Newcastle United’s latest acquisition Georginio Wijnaldum has told The Sun that last season was an exception and the club’s immediate ambitions must be a return to Europe via the Europa League.
In spite of popular belief, owner Mike Ashley has seemingly given boss Steve McClaren the green light to spend on top quality players and Wijanldum’s arrival came at a cost of £14.7 million, according to The Sun.
With Anderlecht’s Aleksandar Mitrovic set to follow for a fee in the region of £13 million, as per The Sun, it appears that the Geordies are showing some ambition and new signing Wijnaldum has taken that on board.
“I want to bring Newcastle back to where they belong. Last year was an exception. Of course it is difficult to become champions but you must dare to dream,” the 24-year-old midfielder told The Sun.
“We must come higher in the league. We must go for the Europa League. That must be the start.”
Can Newcastle United challenge for a Europa League spot?
One way of entering the Europa League is via a domestic cup triumph, something the Magpies have failed to experience since lifting the FA Cup way back in 1955.
Through the league, only a fifth-place finish guarantees entry to the Europa League and this is where Newcastle must be aiming in the long run, given their status and undeniable potential.
McClaren is a top-class coach, but the former Derby County man took over a real mess and will need time and patience from the supporters to get things right.