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Ameobi: Difficult for Newcastle to maintain momentum of last season

Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi admits another top five finish would be an incredible achievement. The 30 year old, who has played Champions League football and suffered relegation during his time at St James' Park, knows repeating the feat will be a tough challenge.

He told told the Journal: "It's certainly going to be really difficult to replicate what we did last season.

"Just look at teams such as Liverpool and Chelsea - I can't see them doing as badly this time in terms of where they finished in the league last season, so we are going to have to raise the bar again.

"If we did manage to do that, for me, it would mean finishing in a European spot again this season.

"Certainly, as I look back at my career with Newcastle, to do that this time would be our biggest every achievement."

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