West Brom manager Tony Pulis believes his side can challenge at the top end of the Premier League and says that “Europe is not out of bounds”.
The Baggies boss has previously stated that on their day his side are capable of beating anyone in the Premier League.
Pulis’s side are currently 12th in the Premier League after a 2-1 win against Stoke at The Hawthorns last weekend.
And with his side only three points outside the top half of the table, Pulis believes his side can not only push towards the top 10, but challenge for Europe.
“I think the club is a top ten club,” he said.
“A top ten club that can go to cup finals.
“Europe is not out of bounds.
“The club is as good as any other club if you take out the seven that spend an absolute fortune on their wage bills.”
Champions Chelsea, north London sides Arsenal and Tottenham as well as both Manchester and Liverpool sides were inevitably “the seven” that Pulis was referring to.
“If you’re clever enough you can compete with those clubs,” the Welshman added.
“If you’re clever and functional in every way shape or form.”
And Pulis is confident that his former clubs Stoke City and Crystal Palace could soon rival the financial firepower that is dominated by the current Premier League elite.
He said: “You’re looking at Stoke, now financed by Bet365, they’ll only get stronger because the money coming into the club is enormous.
“They will get stronger. Then you’ll have other chairmen taking over.
“At Palace they’ve got Americans who could come in and spend a lot of money.”
The Baggies face Bristol City in the FA Cup third round at The Hawthorns on Saturday, then the prospect of Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.