Fabian Schar is starting to look like a star at the back for Newcastle United since Rafa moved to a three-man back line.
His partnership with captain Jamaal Lascelles and Florian Lejeune is looking better every game as they play together more.
We cannot help but feel a bit sorry for Federico Fernandez who was one of our best players in the first half of the season but now cannot get a game.
But that’s a sign of a strong squad too.
Fabian Schar scored his third Premier League goal of the season last night and what a goal it was!
Schar scored a brace for us in our 3-0 home win over Cardiff City, and as well as scoring the occasional goal Fabian had another outstanding game at the back for Newcastle.
And to think he cost us only £3M last summer from Deportivo – another fabulous acquisition by Rafa Benitez.
Fabian Schar smashing home the first goal
Fabian is our Man of the Match for his performance last night.
Second place in the voting goes to local lad Sean Longstaff who continues to start for Newcastle and it’s looking more and more like Rafa has a budding star to bring through on Tyneside
Sean’s technique is excellent as is his temperament, and he seems to be taking all the accolades in his stride.
He seems unaffected by all the praise.
Sean scored his first Premier League goal ever last night for Newcastle, and now he has two for the season having scored the first goal in the 4-2 win at Blackburn in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
Sean Longstaff – smashing home the second goal
Things are definitely starting to look up for Newcastle and hopefully, we can finish once again in the upper half the league.
One last thing – we wonder if Rafa can persuade Isaac Hayden to stay on Tyneside past this summer – always assuming Rafa stays.
Hayden wants to leave for personal reasons and has been very straight about that since last summer.
And it hasn’t stopped him playing his best football over the last couple of months at Newcastle.
It will be a real pity if he leaves us this summer after making so much progress under Rafa this term.
But it’s a family matter, and that’s very important to all of us.