Goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen believes Bolton have the ability to mount a challenge for a place in Europe this season.
The 35-year-old feels the Trotters are capable of giving the big guns a run for their money under manager Owen Coyle.
Wanderers are currently lying in fifth position in the Premier League, scoring 13 goals in their last four matches, including a comprehensive 5-1 victory against Newcastle last weekend.
Bolton were on the brink of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League back in the 2005/2006 season under former boss Sam Allardyce and the veteran Finn has seen similarities in the way the club have started this season.
Jaaskelainen told The Sun: "If you look back on the last nine years in the Premier League we have started strongly on a few occasions.
"And we've been able to carry that on. We needed this good start because we haven't had it over the last three years."
However, Jaaskelainen fears Bolton have struggled to keep out opponents and if they do not start improving, it may end up costing them with the shot-stopper admitting a place in the top 10 is more realistic.
He said: "One clean sheet in 13 games is not what we wanted. Hopefully we can tighten up.
"It doesn't matter if I let six or seven in, so long as we get three points.
"But maybe in the long run we can get a little run of clean sheets together and if we do that I'll be very pleased."
He added: "A top-10 finish would be good for this season. We've had a great start."