I'd rather go full kilter at the top 6 next year. I'm not going to be unhappy if we get 7th and get into the qualifying rounds, but I'm going to be far from upset if we don't.
It's a bit silly to say you don't know or care about other sides, as that's the only barometer available.
No guarantee of getting 6th the following season. And then what? No decent players are going to want a join a team who don't play in Europe regularly.
To be honest, this whole Europe thing is nonsense. 7th in the table should not be given European competition anyway. Yet again, reward for failure, like the champions league is. 2nd, 3rd and 4th are not champions and shouldn't even be in that competition.