There is little doubt that Fabian Schar has been the star performer for Newcastle so far this season, whose form for both club and country has been outstanding.
He scored Newcastle’s equaliser in the last game against Watford, before adding to that with a phenomenal goal for the Swiss national side.
At a fee of just £3 million, he is turning out to be one of the bargain buys for any club in recent times.
Fans have been heaping praise on the player during the international break, and Steve Bruce has added to his admirers.
Bruce claimed he is not surprised at the quality of his finishing, saying the player enjoys to join in shooting practice with the strikers in training.
Speaking about his wonder-goal for Switzerland, Bruce told the Shields Gazette: “It was a great goal, wasn’t it? Wow, what a goal.
“That doesn’t surprise me, because out of the centre-halves who join in with the shooting practice, and all the rest of it, he enjoys it. It doesn’t surprise me.
“Also, he played in the middle of the three as well, which gave me food for thought.”
That last comment is an interesting one, with Schar having played as the right-sided centre-back for Newcastle, and Jamaal Lascelles in the middle of the three, with Paul Dummett on the left.
It may suggest that Bruce is considering a slight tweak in the formation, to switch Schar and Lascelles around, for the game at Liverpool on Saturday.
If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it
It is only a slight change, and in fairness, Schar has looked equally good in his club role, as he has in the central role for the national side.
With that in mind, Bruce may be better off leaving things as they have been for the opening weeks of the Premier League season.
Of course, many fans will point to the fact that professional defenders, playing in a three centre-back system, should be interchanging with each other throughout the game anyway.
As one defender gets pulled wide, the others should be covering for him, so whether it would be even worth making such a minimal change at all, is debatable.
But whichever position Schar and his fellow defenders find themselves playing in on Saturday, they will all need to be on the top of their game to see of the threat of Liverpool’s front three.