Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

United Must Decide What They Define as a Success; SOLANO: CLUB SHOULD NOT SETTLE FOR AVOIDING RELEGATION THIS YEAR

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

United Must Decide What They Define as a Success; SOLANO: CLUB SHOULD NOT SETTLE FOR AVOIDING RELEGATION THIS YEAR

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Byline: LEE RYDER Chief Sports Writer lee.ryder@trinitymirror.com @lee_ryder

NOBBY Solano has admitted his concerns at the expectation levels at Newcastle United this season.

This week, United's current team received the news they would win a shared PS4million bonus if they achieve Premier League survival this term.

Yet Solano feels Newcastle should be aiming higher than finishing fourth-bottom and hopes the players will show their hunger.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Solano said: "What can be achieved this season for United? It is hard to see Newcastle keeping pace with the top eight.

"Tthen again, it is not impossible as Leicester City proved two seasons ago.

"I am not for a second suggesting Newcastle could win the league but Leicester showed their hunger and worked hard as a group.

"Their squad was not of the same quality but they achieved the fairytale.

"You can still be realistic and show some ambition at the same time."

Solano is worried some players will see avoiding relegation as a success - especially after a bonus pot for finishing fourthbottom was agreed.

He went on: "It does boil down to what the owner and managing-director put into the heads of the players.

"What is acceptable? What are the incentives? What is realistic? "For me, the players need to have more ambition than to finish fourth bottom.

"If they do this season, they will be rewarded.

"I would like to see them pushing for the top 10."

Newcastle sit in 10th going into the game against Stoke thanks to their win at Swansea.

Solano said: "If you followed the game closely you will see Newcastle did not create many chances at Swansea, the goal also came from a set-piece.

"So they have room for improvement.

"However, Newcastle needed to get a win like that, a hardfought three points away from home against a tough team like Swansea. …

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