Matt Targett hails 'unbelievable' Newcastle teammate Fabian Schar
Matt Targett hails 'unbelievable' Newcastle teammate Fabian Schar
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Matt Targett hails 'unbelievable' Newcastle teammate Fabian Schar

Matt Targett has heaped praise on Newcastle teammate Fabian Schar after the 30-year-old’s stunning goal against Nottingham Forest last weekend.

The centre-back broke the deadlock at St James’ Park, thundering an effort into the top corner from outside the box. It set Newcastle on their way to victory, having initially struggled to find a way past Dean Henderson.

Schar’s strike was a cracker, and very reminiscent of one we saw a few years ago. He basically scored an identical goal against Burnley back in 2019.

All Toon fans know what Schar is capable of with a ball at his feet, and now Targett has seen it firsthand.

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Targett comments on Schar’s wondergoal vs Forest

Ahead of Newcastle’s trip to Brighton, Targett spoke to NUFC TV. The 26-year-old was asked about Schar and the goal he scored against Forest.

“To be fair he’s a special player,” Targett said.

“He’s technically an unbelievable player. I’ve seen it before when he’s gone on some mazy run and scored. So I know he’s got it in his locker. But it was an unbelievable strike and that got things going.”

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Schar’s ability on the ball is a real weapon

Had it not been for Schar’s moment of magic last weekend, who knows what would have happened. We may have ended up drawing that game and ruing the missed opportunities.

Fortunately our Swiss superman stepped up with a thunderbolt. We’re very lucky to have a centre-back who is so talented in possession. Schar is a real weapon in attack, especially with his passing range and dribbling ability.

That’s why he’s ‘special’ in the words of Targett. And Newcastle have another player like him in their ranks.

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Sven Botman is also a great passer, and it will be exciting to see him play alongside Schar in the future.

For now though, we will have to settle for Schar playing next to Dan Burn. That’s nothing to worry about, however, as the January signing has been sensational since his move to Newcastle.

The new players who Eddie Howe has brought in have delivered, while original players like Schar have stepped up. He’s proven that he can play in a back four, and that’s why he has become such a pivotal member of the squad since the change of manager.

Long may it continue.