Fabian Schar’s first season as a Newcastle player has been one to remember.
After impressing at the World Cup, Schar left Deportivo for Newcastle for just £3million. With such a small fee not much was expected, but he has actually been one of our best players.
With his ability on the ball and his incredible dribbles out of defence, the centre-back is certainly a fans’ favourite. However, things didn’t get off to a great start.
His debut came at home to Chelsea where he performed brilliantly, only to concede a late penalty that gave the Blues all three points.
The 27-year-old was then out of the team until November, coming off the bench in our first win of the season against Watford. This was where Schar really laid down his marker.
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But up until that point, the defender has admitted that things weren’t easy at his new club.
Schar is loving Toon life after rough start
“The first weeks and months were really tough when I didn’t play too much and also the team weren’t getting good results,” Schar told the club’s official website.
“But now after one season I can be really happy with what happened here. I enjoy playing here.”
He has played almost every game since his substitute appearance against Watford, getting better as the weeks have gone by.
Rafa Benitez’s formation change has certainly helped. Playing as the right centre-back, Schar has space to bring the ball out of defence and play to his strengths.
After a slow start in black and white, Schar is now a key player. Hopefully we see a few more stunning strikes next season from him.