Fabian Schar rebounded well against Tottenham after the poor performance the week prior at Norwich. He is also just one of two players, along with Isaac Hayden, who has played the full 90 minutes this week against both Spurs and Leicester City.
He was listed as a doubt for Leicester City after the rousing Tottenham victory but was able to come into the side and play the full game. He ended up putting in a top performance in the Cup tie. Of particular note was his long-range set-piece which set up Muto’s tying goal.
Fabian Schar– celebrating after one of his wonder goals
His penalty in the shoot-out was also very well-executed as he oozed with calmness while taking it.
Fabian has given an interview in the Chronicle where he discusses the Leicester result and how it will not have any ill-effects for the Watford match today.
“Of course, it was hard to lose on penalties, but that’s football sometimes.
“We’ve had three days to forget about Leicester now and are really only looking forward to Watford.
“There will always be one or two players that end up missing penalties in football.
“It is part of the game.
“It wasn’t a problem, and we haven’t spoken about this.”
We are happy that Fabian is only looking towards the next match, and has put the disappointment against Leicester in the rearview mirror.
He also asserts that the players are going in the right directions under Steve Bruce after the excellent performance at Spurs.
“When you see the game against Spurs, you can see the players are going the right way under the manager.
“We know week by week exactly what we have to do.
“We know what he expects from us.
“We will keep working like this.”
It’s important for the lads to keep plugging away. If they can put in performances every week, they should have enough quality to finish the season comfortably.
Fabian also had some comments about reports from Italy that linked him to AC Milan. This is what he said about that:
“I can’t do anything about newspaper writers in Italy.
“You hear so many different things.
“For me, I’m here and I’m happy. My thoughts are on Newcastle.
“I was already settled last season, to be honest.
“I am happy to play every other week at a great stadium in front of the fans.
“I am glad to be a player here.”
We certainly are happy to have Fabian Schar at Newcastle. He’s become one of our top performers week in and week out. With the transfer windows for many leagues closing on Monday, it’s positive that the only players being linked away currently are those who did not make the 25-squad.