26-year-old Fabian Schar says when he first talked to Rafa Benitez about coming to Newcastle it was not a long talk.
Fabian pretty much decided instantly that he wanted to come to play for Newcastle under the coaching of the world-class Rafa Benitez.
We have to remember what a draw Rafa is for ambitious players who want to get better, and they know Rafa can get the very best out of them.
That’s one reason Dwight Gayle wants to stay at Newcastle – he’s happy in the area and his improvement this year as a footballer, even though he didn’t score the goals for us, was there for all to see.
We hope Dwight stays for next season.
Fabian Schar – in action against Porto
Fabian Schar remembers all about Alan Shearer and Newcastle United in the 1990s, and he seems delighted to have joined the club – and we got him for an absolute steal at just £3M from Spanish club Deportivo – who were relegated last season.
This is what Schar has told the Chronicle:
“I think the Premier League is the best league in the world.”
“I am really happy to get this opportunity to play against the best players and best teams. But of course, I played in Spain last year with Barcelona and Real Madrid.”
“So I think I know how to play against the big names. I also have experience when I played with Basel against English clubs so it’s good for me.”
“The Premier League was the most important league for me to watch growing up. I liked the football and the stadiums and fans.”
“Now I get the chance to play and be part of it. I remember Alan Shearer being a legend at the club and he’s still classed as a big idol.”
“The stadium is fantastic. I played in 2012 with Switzerland at the Olympics.”
“It’s not the same as playing in front of the home fans so I am looking forward to my debut.”
“It wasn’t long (his talk with Rafa Benitez before he signed), pretty much an instant decision.”
“After being contacted by the coach I had a really good feeling and it was clear I wanted to come here and join the club. The only focus was to come to Newcastle.”
“He is a top coach and I can learn a lot from him. I can learn a lot from the Premier League and English football in general.”
“There’s a lot to do. First I need to get settled and see how it all works.” “I have some experience already but I am looking to improve as a player here. I want to help this team.”
“It’s not that I’m not a typical defender because I know I have to defend for the team.”
“I’ll do anything if it means putting a zero on the scoreline in favor of Newcastle. What I can also do is help the team by showing my qualities.”
“I can also bring good passing and long balls to the game as it has been my strengths throughout my career. I’ll keep that up and help this team.”
“Now I am focused and looking forward to new things here and a new season.”
It looks like Fabian may get a start tonight at Braga, and he may be being fast-tracked by Rafa to start the first game alongside captain Jamaal Lascelles against Spurs a week on Saturday.
It’s either Fabian or Ciaran Clark who has already said he wants to become a first-team regular again this season.
That’s good competition in central defense, and it’s going to be interesting to see just how quickly Fabian Schar can settle in at Newcastle.
We hope it’s very quickly for the sake of the team.
This player seems to have what it takes to become a big success at Newcastle.