Blackburn midfielder David Dunn believes Rovers have the opportunity to finish in the top ten in the Barclays Premier League next season, but only if some new players are brought in this summer.
Blackburn have made two signings so far in the transfer window - Argentinian forward Mariano Pavone and defender Myles Anderson – with both making the move on free transfers.
And Dunn says that should Steve Kean make a couple more signings in their forward and midfield areas, Blackburn will be able to achieve a short term-goal of finishing in the top half of the table next season, and then aim for Europe after that.
Manager Kean has set a ‘three of four year’ target for European football, and Dunn says: “If we keep strengthening, get a few more players in, maybe a midfielder and a striker, there's no reason why we can't finish top ten. Who knows, if we start well and end well, there's no reason why we can't finish a little bit higher.”
Blackburn lost 1-0 to Aston Villa in a pre-season Asia Trophy match this week, but Dunn believes that there can be many positives drawn from the game, with the need to create competition for places becoming more evident in the squad.
"I think Jase [Jason Roberts] did great, as did Mauro [Formica], but I think it would be great for competition to bring in a real hungry striker that can score some goals and maybe a centre midfielder with a bit of experience as well,” he said.
The match was certainly played in a very different environment to the cooler temperatures the players are used to in England, and Dunn admitted that this caused problems for Blackburn during the match.
He added: “I thought we played pretty well. In the humid conditions it was difficult, the pitch was little bit difficult at times, all in all that was somewhere near their first XI and we're still looking to add to our team.”
But the midfielder, who has made 107 appearances for Blackburn since signing with the club in 2007, is holding a quiet confidence over what the side can achieve over the next year.
“I feel pretty confident about this season, not over-confident but all the lads, fitness-wise, are really good and training's been going really well. I think if we can keep improving we'll be okay,” he said.
“Without saying too much, I think we controlled a lot of the game. Obviously they are good players so there was going to be times when we were a little bit stretched from when we were attacking and they broke on us, but I think if we can tidy that up a little bit, I think we'll do well.”