After helping his national side Switzerland qualify for next year’s World Cup in Qatar, Fabian Schär spoke to NUFC TV ahead of Newcastle United’s Premier League clash with Brentford and opened up on a “difficult” last few months for him on Tyneside – with the defender making just two appearances for United so far this season after being frozen out by former manager Steve Bruce.
The 29-year-old says he was “surprised” after being dropped in August but never finding a way back into the side despite a poor start to the campaign.
However, after Eddie Howe handed the squad a clean slate, Schar is now back in contention and on a high after qualifying for the World Cup with his country.
Schar has revealed how he used the World Cup qualifiers as something to focus on during his two-month stint on the sidelines.
Speaking to the club’s TV channel Schar said: “The national team is always a big thing for me and this is going to be my third World Cup now.
“It’s always a nice thing to go home and play for your country even when it’s a difficult situation like I had in Newcastle. I didn’t play in a lot of games the last few months. It (World Cup qualifiers) gives you something else you can build up.”
When pressed on his shock omission from Bruce’s starting line-up, Schar reflected: “That’s a difficult question to be fair.
“I always try to be there in training and do my best, and I think I did it in training. I know what quality I have, I have shown them enough in Newcastle.
“I played for Switzerland and have 70 caps. It’s difficult, you try to show the manager you want to be in the team when the team is not doing too good, we have a difficult start.
“Sometimes I was surprised not to be in the first 11. That was a difficult time, this is a new chapter, and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Should Schar start for Newcastle?
And after hearing about Schar comments, many Newcastle United fans have taken to Twitter to express their opinion on the Swiss defender’s comments:
What have these Newcastle United fans made of Fabian Schar Interview?
“Fabian Remontada please”
“Hopefully Schar starts more games under Howe. He is our best defender for bringing the ball out of defence. How him and Fernandez haven’t got a look in recently surprises me. Hopefully no more Krafth at Centre Half”
“Have a feeling this guy could have a big part to play under Howe and so hope I’m right”
“Get this man in the team”
“Super Bruce’s training must of been terrible… No wonder he’s not getting any mention of getting a new job…”
“By far our most accomplished footballing defender”
It remains to be seen if Schar will form part of Howe’s first-ever starting XI against Brentford on Saturday but given the alarming rate at which Newcastle have been conceding goals up to this point, he surely needs to be considered.