Eddie Howe’s press conference this morning started with two questions on his center-backs. Both Dan Burn and Fabian Schar have solidified Newcastle’s backline over the past three matches.
The first question was aimed at Dan Burn’s impact since his arrival from Saturday’s opponent Brighton on deadline day. Howe revealed the 29-year-old has conducted himself superbly at his hometown club.
Burn has impressed behind the scenes as well as in training. He took his chance against Aston Villa and has now started the past three matches alongside Fabian Schar.
The focus then shifted to the Swiss international. Schar has started all but one of Newcastle’s matches since Howe took the reins on Tyneside. He’s been one of the Magpies to receive a new lease on life since Howe’s appointment.
Howe was asked about Schar’s future at the club with his contract running out in the summer. Here was his response:
“Fabian is someone, as I’ve said before, I’ve always admired.
“He’s a really good footballing center-back. The most important thing for me is defending. Take away the footballing side, he’s defended very well.
“He’s another one that’s trained very well. We’re aware of his contract situation and we’ll be sitting down and discussing things with his agent very shortly.”
The Burn/Schar partnership has got the job done over the past three matches conceding just once over that span. Schar’s future looked all but over before Howe’s arrival. He’s now in line for a new contract which should go down well with the fans.
Howe has a very solid group of center-backs with Jamaal Lascelles and Federico Fernandez waiting in the wings. They may get their chance at some point next week when Newcastle have three away matches in just seven days.