Fabian Schar has been Newcastle’s best player this season by a country mile, and hearing him talk, it is clear he is a natural leader, and should be installed as team captain.
I like Jamaal Lascelles, and he has not really done anything wrong – except his form is not as high as it could be – but just hearing Schar speak tells me he should be wearing the armband.
His interview with the official club website reinforces my opinion. When he talks about the fringe players and the attitude to take to Chelsea, it is said with the air of someone who makes fans and players want to listen.
He leads by example on the pitch too, with him rarely losing his cool, and often taking charge of the back line.
I have deliberately kept an eye on him during games, and he is constantly marshalling his teammates, and encouraging them, even more than the actual skipper does.
It would also be an acknowledgement of his importance to this team, which now cannot be overstated.
Lascelles would be unlikely to be pleased, but it would also be a test of his leadership qualities, to find out if he would sulk about it, or roll his sleeves up and get on with the job of playing.
Schar should be vice-captain now and skipper the side next season
Of course, it is unlikely that Steve Bruce would make such a drastic change mid-season, but for next season, I would ensure that the Swiss international is given the job.
Similarly, if Lascelles is suspended or out injured for a spell, Schar should be the next in line to assume the captain’s duties. If he excels, there should be no problem letting him keep it upon Lascelles’ return.
So if the talk of a potential new contract is true, having him sign it, and giving him the captaincy next season, would be round off a tremendous first few months of the season for Schar.