Fabian Schar has signed a new contract with Newcastle United.
The club confirmed the news on Friday morning, with the Swiss defender extending his stay in the North East until 2024. Schar’s contract had been set to expire this summer, but he’s been rewarded with a new deal for his fine form.
With Schar staying at St James’ Park, here are five more contracts Newcastle should look to extend…
This is a deal that looks highly likely, and needs to happen. Sean Longstaff’s contract also expires this summer, and Eddie Howe has spoke about wanting to keep the midfielder.
The 24-year-old doesn’t feature as much as he’d probably like, but he’s certainly improving as a footballer.
Given his homegrown status after coming through the academy, Longstaff is a very valuable player to Newcastle United right now and should be given a new contract.
Paul Dummett’s contract also expires this summer, but his future feels less certain than Longstaff’s.
The defender hasn’t played a lot of football under Howe. That was largely down to injury at the beginning, but now he’s got Matt Targett to compete with.
But, like Longstaff, Dummett is a local lad with homegrown status. That alone should be enough to keep him at the club for a bit longer.
He’s a reliable player too, and always does a job when called upon.
Elliot Anderson is currently out on loan, thriving in League Two with Bristol Rovers. He’ll likely go out on loan again next season – this time to the Championship.
He has two years to run on his current deal, so Newcastle may need to start thinking about renewing his terms. Anderson is going to be a star of the future, so losing him for nothing in 2024 or a cut price fee in 2023 is unthinkable.
When rumours first emerged of Schar getting a new deal, Jonjo Shelvey was mentioned too.
Shelvey agreed a contract extension in March 2020. That deal is set to expire next summer.
But with how the midfielder is playing, he’s probably got a bit more to offer Newcastle. His presence within the dressing room is certainly important, having served the club for so many years.
The Telegraph reported earlier in the year that Shelvey could be offered a new deal, so perhaps fresh terms aren’t far away.
With his current deal running until 2026, it’s hard to see why Allan Saint-Maximin should get a new contract.
But there have recent reports about the Frenchman’s future, suggesting he could be sold. There have also been claims that he wants a new contract on improved terms.
Given the bigger deals being handed out by Newcastle following the takeover, you can see why Saint-Maximin would want a better contract.
If he can prove he’s as important as high earners Kieran Trippier and Bruno Guimaraes then he should definitely be given a new deal.