Newcastle fans targeting top ten after Diame comments

Newcastle midfielder Mo Diame believes the Magpies should be targeting a top ten finish, and fans are in complete agreement with the Senegal international.

A few weeks ago you’d have been laughed out of the room for suggesting Newcastle could land in the top ten this season, but after three consecutive home wins the Magpies can finally start looking up instead of down.

Rafa Benitez’s side have kept clean sheets in all three of the home wins that have all but ensured their survival, grinding out hard fought results against Manchester United and Huddersfield either side of a total demolition of Southampton.

Diame, who has enjoyed a revival of form himself in the past few months, thinks the club should be targeting bigger and better things next season.

“If you finish 17th or 16th then the target next season will simply be to stay up again next time. What we want to do is finish close to the top 10 and maybe we can have a more exciting target next season,” the 30 year-old said.

“This club is massive. The fans are among the best in Europe and we sell 50,000 tickets every home game.

“The target should be much more than just staying up every year.”

Diame has formed a formidable partnership in central midfield alongside Jonjo Shelvey, and a win against Leicester on Saturday could lift Benitez’s men into 10th.

Fans have been discussing their aims for the rest of the season on Twitter, and some of the best reactions can be found below…