West Brom defender Steven Reid today claimed the Baggies can emulate Newcastle’s charge into Europe and declared: “The sky’s the limit”.
But the Hawthorns favourite insisted Premier League survival remains the first target for Steve Clarke’s side despite their flying start to the season.
Reid hopes to return to the Baggies squad to face Chelsea on Saturday with Clarke’s men sitting fifth in the table with 20 points from their opening 11 games.
And, while he insists Albion cannot become complacent, he believes they can follow in the footsteps of Newcastle, who made a surprise charge to fifth place last season to claim a Europa League spot.
“It’s the highest points total that I’ve had at this stage in 10 years as a Premier League player,” he said. “We’re in Champions League form at the minute and, on the whole, we’re steering clear of major injuries. If we can do that and try to keep a fully-fit squad there’s no reason we can’t kick on.
“We’ve got to get to that 40-point mark. It’s boring to say it, but we do, and I think the real aim for this season has got to be minimum top-half.
“There’s no reason, with this squad, why we can’t sort of do what Newcastle did last season. But you can start getting carried away.
“If players start thinking like that then you can become unstuck.”