Fabian Schar has been giving some interviews over the past few days. On Wednesday, Schar spoke positively about this year’s team and its potential to show significant improvement over the next few months.
The 27-year-old continued in the same vein when speaking to nufc.co.uk on Thursday:
“In the past, we beat Tottenham and Manchester United but we lost against Norwich who are behind us so it’s difficult because you could win or lose against each team.
“We know each week is always a tough game but we know the teams who are near us in the table and we will compete against them to get points and we will work hard to do that.
“West Ham have a decent team with a lot of quality players. For me, they should be higher than they are at the moment but it’s still the start of the season, more or less.
“They have some new players and it’s going to be a difficult game, especially at their home (ground). We have to be ready and hopefully we will get something.
“Away (from home), we play more of a counter-attack but for example, in the Wolves game, we had decent possession in the first half.
“We are able to do it but we just have to try it and believe in ourselves, especially at home. Also, the fans are wanting and expecting to be on top of our opponents.
“We need to keep working hard. I really believe in our team and the quality we have, even when we are struggling. I know we can do a good job and we have shown this against big teams.
“We have to take the games against Tottenham and Man United as a reference to try and always play like this. If we do that, I am sure we can improve and gain more points.”
One thing that comes across is that Fabian has belief in this team. However, he understands that they must continue to work hard in order to reach their potential.
They went through a very poor run of form in September where they only managed one point in the draw against Brighton. The heavy defeats at Liverpool and Leicester left many Newcastle fans reeling.
It looked like the wheels had come of and we had a team that couldn’t score and had lost their defensive cohesion. However, they were able to fix the problems at the back against Manchester United to begin October.
The defense has remained steady since then but there seems to be no answers to the toothless attack at the moment.
Fabian touched upon the difficulty in front of goal:
“We haven’t scored many goals this season so we’ll want to improve on that and be more powerful. If we can score some more, I think normally our defensive work is quite good.
“We’ve had one or two bad games but I think we are quite strong. It was a hard start to the season and we’re still looking game by game and need to focus on the next game against West Ham.
“We know what we want and what we can improve on to do better. We know we have a lot to work on but we have a lot of confidence in our team. We have quality – we have good players and have a strong team. We will all work together to go in the right way.”
If Newcastle could have put away some of their chances they would be in a much better position. However, they just haven’t been able to do that.
There was a glaring absence in goals coming into the season with the loss of Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez. So far their goals have not been replaced.
With two months and ten fixtures until the winter window opens, Newcastle are going to have to rely on what they’ve got at the moment to try and keep pace with the teams around them.
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