I'll accept progress, which can come in many forms. If by February we are still in the Europa, out of the tinpot cup, still in the F.A. cup, odds on for at least 7th in the league, and, most crucially; have signed a Benteke/Dzeko/Giroud; from that point I won't mind if we win a trophy or not as long as we don't slip out of Europa spots for the next season.
The dream is certainly getting Champions League through the Europa final but it's a huge ask as @Everton Mint
was saying in another thread.