Fabian Schar’s knee injury kept him out of the Watford draw this past weekend. Federico Fernandez came in and put in an excellent performance as we have grown to expect from the 30-year-old.
Central defense is one area of the pitch where Newcastle don’t need to worry about depth and quality.
We also have seen a few players come in and seize opportunities when they come their way. We’ve seen that over the past month from Matty Longstaff, Ciaran Clark, and DeAndre Yedlin.
It is a positive sign that the club can rely on the fringe members of the squad to step up when they are relied upon.
However, the squad is severely lacking a clinical goal scorer at the moment. The team needs players to step up and start taking their chances, or it’s going to be another long season at Newcastle.
A player who may be able to do that if given a run of games is Dwight Gayle. If he gets his chance and can come through like Ciaran Clark has in defense, that could solve one of Newcastle’s most significant issues.
While the goals have not been flowing from Newcastle’s forwards so far, Fabian Schar still thinks their contributions to the team have been important.
Speaking to Sky Sports, this is what the Swiss defender said about Newcastle’s attackers:
“We can’t just say our attacking players have to score goals. You have to look at how we play and what our strikers and forwards do in terms of defensive work.
“Many people don’t see that or forget that they are hard-working guys who do everything for the team to defend, and it’s difficult to do the same attacking.”
We agree that players like Joelinton and Miguel Almiron do an outstanding job defensively. However, we still need them to create and score, or it’s going to be a challenging season.
Schar, though, thinks Newcastle will be just fine this season and that this squad has what it takes to start getting some points on the board. The 27-year-old also told Sky Sports about his belief in this team:
“It’s been a mixed start to the season but we’ve had a difficult start against five of the big sides in the first 10 games.
“We know how difficult the league is and that we have to score more goals.
“But we will improve. We know how good we can be and all we can do is look forward day by day.
“I’m positive in the quality and belief in the team, we perhaps have more quality than last year.
“We’re still at the bottom of the table but it’s very close, and with one or two wins, everything looks better.”
We do agree that Newcastle’s quality is comparable to last season. However, the lack of creativity and finishing must improve. Newcastle create far too few chances and don’t convert enough of the ones they do get.
Fabian is right that a few wins will make things look a lot more comfortable. But we are hovering just above the relegation places due to us not getting the wins on the board when we should have.
That needs to change and hopefully, it starts this Saturday at West Ham. We would expect Schar to be back in the side as his knee injury is just a slight one.
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