Tim Krul is shocked by Newcastle's 43-year trophy wait as he believes the club has everything needed to be a force in English football.
The drought dates back to their 1969 European Fairs Cup triumph and the 23-year-old Holland international, having spent the last six-and-a-half years on Tyneside, cannot understand it.
The Magpies resume their quest for honours on Saturday evening when they visit Championship side Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round and Krul is determined to do well in the competition.
Asked if he was surprised by the club's lack of silverware in recent years, he said: "Yes, because it's got all the attributes - the stadium, the fans...
"If you see the clubs who have won prizes, I can't see why we can't get to the FA Cup final or push on as a top-six team.
"I have said it for years now, that Newcastle has got everything to be one of the top teams, and we are showing that this season."
Krul knows that upsets are possible in the FA Cup - he experienced it first hand when League Two Stevenage defeated Alan Pardew's men 3-1 in the third round last season.
However, the former Den Haag stopper is adamant the Magpies will be fully prepared.
"We have had it before," said Krul. "We just have to be at it from the beginning.
"They will be raring to go - for them, it's a massive game. Newcastle coming to their stadium is huge.
"But we will be out there to prove ourselves again and get back to winning ways.
"We have seen some clips of them and the stadium, the pitch, the facilities are there, there are no complaints there, there are no excuses, so we will be ready."
Living the dream
Having seen off the challenge of Steve Harper, Krul is enjoying an extended run as Pardew's first-choice goalkeeper.
Asked if it is everything he had hoped for, he said: "Yes, and more.
"I have always dreamt of playing in the Premier League and it's been an amazing first half of the season. Hopefully, we can crack on."
Such has been Krul's form, the keeper has been linked with a move away from Newcastle but he is trying to focus on the task ahead.
Krul added: "It's one of those periods. People are linked everywhere and as a player, you just have to switch off in that month.
"If things have to happen, they have to happen, but I don't read the papers and I don't read on the internet because it will play with your head.
"Every year, it's the same, to be honest. I know where I am, I am loving life at the moment. I am playing well and I am playing for the club I have always wanted to play for.
"I have been working hard for five or six years to be where I am now, and sixth in the league, you can't ask for much more than that."