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The Baggies striker believes that his side are deservedly third in the table and have the right to think about the possibility of playing in European competition next season

West Brom striker Shane Long has suggested that the Baggies can justifiably think about the possibility of qualifying for European football after their positive start to the season.

Steve Clarke's side side third in the Premier League table with 26 points accrued from 13 games and former Reading striker Long believes that West Brom 'can dream' about playing in Europe.

"It does cross your mind that could be us playing in Europe next year," Long told the Telegraph. "You can dream, everyone can dream. We can dream that because we have put ourselves in a good position."

He added: "If we carry on like this who knows what is possible? We will get to that 40 point mark, which is our first objective, and take it from there."

The 25-year-old striker currently leads the Baggies' scoring charts this season, with his goal in the 4-2 away win over Sunderland bringing him up to five league goals overall. And Long believes that his side will begin to gain more respect the longer their momentum continues.

"It is a new challenge for us trying to keep in touch with the high fliers," admitted the Republic of Ireland international. "But the longer this run goes on the harder it will get because teams will respect us that little bit more," he concluded.

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