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27-Year-Old Star Has Belief In This Year’s Team

Fabian Schar’s knee injury kept him out of the Watford draw this past weekend. Federico Fernandez came in and put in an excellent performance as we have grown to expect from the 30-year-old.

Central defense is one area of the pitch where Newcastle don’t need to worry about depth and quality.

We also have seen a few players come in and seize opportunities when they come their way. We’ve seen that over the past month from Matty Longstaff, Ciaran Clark, and DeAndre Yedlin.

It is a positive sign that the club can rely on the fringe members of the squad to step up when they are relied upon.

However, the squad is severely lacking a clinical goal scorer at the moment. The team needs players to step up and start taking their chances, or it’s going to be another long season at Newcastle.

A player who may be able to do that if given a run of games is Dwight Gayle. If he gets his chance and can come through like Ciaran Clark has in defense, that could solve one of Newcastle’s most significant issues.

While the goals have not been flowing from Newcastle’s forwards so far, Fabian Schar still thinks their contributions to the team have been important.

Speaking to Sky Sports, this is what the Swiss defender said about Newcastle’s attackers:

“We can’t just say our attacking players have to score goals. You have to look at how we play and what our strikers and forwards do in terms of defensive work.

“Many people don’t see that or forget that they are hard-working guys who do everything for the team to defend, and it’s difficult to do the same attacking.”

We agree that players like Joelinton and Miguel Almiron do an outstanding job defensively. However, we still need them to create and score, or it’s going to be a challenging season.

Schar, though, thinks Newcastle will be just fine this season and that this squad has what it takes to start getting some points on the board. The 27-year-old also told Sky Sports about his belief in this team:

“It’s been a mixed start to the season but we’ve had a difficult start against five of the big sides in the first 10 games.

“We know how difficult the league is and that we have to score more goals.

“But we will improve. We know how good we can be and all we can do is look forward day by day.

“I’m positive in the quality and belief in the team, we perhaps have more quality than last year.

“We’re still at the bottom of the table but it’s very close, and with one or two wins, everything looks better.”

We do agree that Newcastle’s quality is comparable to last season. However, the lack of creativity and finishing must improve. Newcastle create far too few chances and don’t convert enough of the ones they do get.

Fabian is right that a few wins will make things look a lot more comfortable. But we are hovering just above the relegation places due to us not getting the wins on the board when we should have.

That needs to change and hopefully, it starts this Saturday at West Ham. We would expect Schar to be back in the side as his knee injury is just a slight one.

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Who Was Newcastle's Best Player For The Month Of October?

  • Allan Saint-Maximin (42%, 277 )
  • Fabian Schar (34%, 223 )
  • Ciaran Clark (11%, 70 )
  • Matty Longstaff (10%, 67 )
  • Martin Dubravka (3%, 18 )

Total Voters: 655

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43 comments so far

  • Online Guy

    Oct 30, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #1


    I don’t think the Mansours would have had a problem meeting Ashleys asking price, they are worth about £465 billion ! A sovereign state enterprise

    Anyway it’s gone now and Ash has us scraping around the prem ..ticking over with no hope or thought of progress, a ground with an atmosphere like a morgue, occupied by tourist, students, and non supporters with free tickets with no heart in it . Even the Wolves supporters were embarrassed for us.

    We’re the talk of the bagwash.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 30, 2019 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Apart from Rondon and Perez going Schar is correct in that we Bruce is working with a stronger group than what was about at the start of last season!

    Schar, Longstaff , Almiron were not starters with Schar probably our best player now!

    The 3 at the back which suits our team wasn’t established neither was Richie at wing back which is his best position

    Gayle, Atsu , Muto or Shelvey were not all available to come off the bench at this time last season either

    Some of the teams we have played this season are so far not as strong as they were last season either such as Spurs, Watford, Man Utd etc

  • toon22

    Oct 30, 2019 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #3


    The PR never sleeps


  • Online Guy

    Oct 30, 2019 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Song for Ash.

    The minute you walked in the joint, I could see you were a fat Cockney b’star, a real mean spender

    Ugly bugger, fat defined , say wouldn’t you like to go down for a swim in the Tyne .

    Sorry ..! Don’t know what come over me.

  • Online Guy

    Oct 30, 2019 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Now let me get right to the point …

  • IrishRob

    Oct 30, 2019 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #6

    OlG you’ll hardly make a career out of that music. Lol

  • toon22

    Oct 30, 2019 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #7


    Mike Ashley slams competition watchdog over handling of JD Sports’ takeover of rival Footasylum and claims it got its numbers wrong on Sports Direct


  • MagpieRanger

    Oct 30, 2019 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Imagine coming on a Newcastle United blog, defending Mike Ashley at EVERY single opportunity and not expecting a backlash.

  • MagpieRanger

    Oct 30, 2019 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Mike Ashley is the worst thing to happen to this football club in our modern history.

  • MagpieRanger

    Oct 30, 2019 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #10

    I’ve got a feeling Mike Ashley’s next trick up his sleeve will be to sell the land at Darsley Park.

  • investinyouthtoon

    Oct 30, 2019 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #11

    MagpieRanger at 10, I wouldn’t be at all surprised. Move the paddling pools and wheelie bins and the lads training involves running around the old pub car park on other side of the road. Win win especially for fat lad and his defenders

  • toon22

    Oct 30, 2019 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Jabba as an owner is the turd that wont flush

    Its the 9th time and he still wont budge

  • investinyouthtoon

    Oct 30, 2019 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Then he will sell SJP brick by brick and take the copper wiring. Ground sharing at Gateshead stadium is another win win for Ashley and his stomach churning defenders.

    I assumed with this being a NUFC blog that we would want the best for the club, however there are many poor excuses for fans of the club who defend him morning til night 24/7

  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2019 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Ashley and his stomach churning defenders.

    I think Fabian Schar is quite good

  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2019 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #15

    Lejeune Lascelles Fernandez don’t churn my stomach either

  • MagpieRanger

    Oct 30, 2019 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #16

    Hilarious Jib

  • investinyouthtoon

    Oct 30, 2019 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #17

    That’s quite witty for you jib, ha.

    Thing is the defence except kraft, man manquillo and yedlin are all way above average. Shame the strikers and some of the midfielders aren’t up to that level. What would we give to have players like cabaye gini and demba ba.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 30, 2019 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Jib do you charge your fares half if they listen to your jokes? Safe bet you don’t have to do too many discounts. 😐

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Oct 30, 2019 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #19

    None of our forward players would have to get back and defend for the team ad nauseam if the midfield had any control over a game. Abysmal possession stats and low scoring opportunities point to only one thing. A substandard and badly organised midfield.

  • lesh

    Oct 30, 2019 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #20


    In with two feet again? Suggest you re-read Online’s post about Ashley’s links with the Mansours. There was no mention of an offer only that he, Wise, Jimenez and Llambias chose to get pissed and insult the potential buyers.

    Bill’s son’s hero is nowt but greedy, arrogant and socially inept.

  • lesh

    Oct 30, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #21


    Have you recovered from your night of groupying with a baby band? I hope you didn’t succumb to their charms – musicians can be cruel!

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 30, 2019 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #22

    George Caulkin@GeorgeCaulkin

    It’s probably fair to say that watching Sunderland in the League Cup at Oxford was not quite as life-affirming as I hoped it might be.

  • lesh

    Oct 30, 2019 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #23


    I suspect that as the training ground’s still at Benton, the club may not own the freehold.

  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2019 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Little Benton actually

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 30, 2019 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #25


    Were you more or less of an inadequate when you were 22 than you are now? Trading insults doesn’t infuriate at all, you are a figure of fun

  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2019 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #26

    Rotonda heights
    You certainly react with a lot of venom to a figure of fun

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 30, 2019 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Five goals so far in this half!

  • toon22

    Oct 30, 2019 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Have you noticed its always the same people defending Jabba ?

    Jabba knew right back at the start exactly what he was going to do with our club, he knew he would need PR to help him pillage us .
    The sale lie has always been his go to lie when he was in a sticky situation

    Hence posters like JIB

    Right now people have just stopped caring about the club, theres no point
    In Jabbas own words we were the best asset

    Its over

  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2019 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #29


    In contrast to the miserable gits that post on here at times

  • toon22

    Oct 30, 2019 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #30

    You think this sounds familiar ?

    The Sensible Monk Lostprofit DBC • a day ago

    If you were a true fan you would still be going full stop. My mother brought me up
    to stick with the team through thick and thin. Any person not supporting the Longstaff brothers
    cannot be a true supporter.

  • toon22

    Oct 30, 2019 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #31

    Hiya JIB

    Lets stay positive ?

    If were lucky Jabba can trouser next seasons Prem tv money too ??

    Pure shoddy PR

  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2019 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #32

    Thanks for proving my point toon22

  • toon22

    Oct 30, 2019 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #33

    After 13 years nobody cares what the PR says anymore


    Youve helped Jabba asset strip us , youve helped him destroy the fan base

    You couldnt care less about the club or the fans

  • toon22

    Oct 30, 2019 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #34




    Hiya JIB nobody cares about the PR rubbish you and your alts post here or on any other site

    Its over

  • toon22

    Oct 30, 2019 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Regardless what the PR shoves out

    The fans have had enough
    You can only give away match tickets for so long before nobody will want them

    You are helping Jabba end us as a football club

  • toon22

    Oct 30, 2019 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #36

    Looks like JIB has started to post his PR bollix elsewhere

    Ashingtonmag • an hour ago

    Please.please stop. This is embarrassing.
    Just let him go.

    Sounds canny familiar JIB

    Dont it

  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2019 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #37

    This weekend
    We could get 3 points in London
    England could win a World cup
    Hamilton could secure his 6th F1 title

    bring it on !!!!!!!

  • toon22

    Oct 30, 2019 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #38

    Notice the area the poster pretends to be from in the name

    All very familiar

  • toon22

    Oct 30, 2019 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #39


    Nobody cares about the rubbish you post
    You defend Jabba

    Hiya KBA tough sell nowdays isnt it

  • Online Guy

    Oct 30, 2019 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #40


    I kept well clear of the little mix lot on Thursday and Saturday ..it was Lads from a band I got roped in with ..lead singer and Guitarist.


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