The Sunderland star wants to see a mid-table finish this season.
He said: “I am not used to losing games. The last time I played for a team that was not challenging for a championship I was like 18 or 19. Even that season was a really good one for me because with a small team we reached Europe League qualification. I hope we can do the same here, but we have to be realistic. We will fight to end as high as possible in the rankings. That could mean 12th or 13th place, but no lower than that.”
Although pushing for Europe may be too far off for Sunderland this season, they certainly look well set to avoid relegation now.
Impressive signings have been made, and in Dick Advocaat, the club have a manager in charge who is far more experienced than any previous coaches.
Obviously, the club are still expected to only push for the places above the relegation spots, but Lens believes a 12th placed finish is doable.
Whilst hardly an impressive finish, it would certainly be a progression for the Black Cats, and would allow them to stabilise in the top flight after a number of years of relegation battles.
The situation is looking positive at the Stadium of Light this season, and if the Black Cats can get off to a good start, there is no reason why the Wearside club should not be able to push into a mid table side.