No, it’s not opposite day (although, that would mean it is…ERGH!), but the words of Newcastle striker, Nigeria international and apparent wide-eyed optimist Obafemi Martins,
“Where can Newcastle aim to be next season?” the 22-year-old said in The Sun. “Fight for the league title, play for a UEFA Champions League place and also target the FA and Carling Cups.
“We have the players, manager and fans to make it happen and I really think we can do it. Losing Owen and Shola was a terrible setback.
“But their return couldn’t come at a better time. I think we’ll form a great team.
“Shola was doing well before he went for surgery. I was getting used to playing with him but he will bring a lot to the squad.”
He added: “More interesting for me is the return of Michael Owen. I really would love to play alongside him as soon as possible.”
Newcastle have a squad that, when healthy, is certainly ready to join Tottenham, Everton and Bolton in fighting for UEFA places every season with the odd push for 4th. But to hope to compete for the Premiership title is a admirably ambitious, but quite far beyond reality without some serious investment. The health of Dyer, Duff and Owen will be key (and extremely doubtful) but there’s still plenty of holes to be filled even then.
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