Fabian Schar has made the team of the week of the UEFA Nations League – League A

Switzerland won 2-1 away in Iceland and in total four of the Swiss team made this Whoscored top international side of the week.

The other three being goalkeeper Mvogo, right-back Lang and Arsenal midfielder Xhaka.

The entire front three are the trio who performed so well for England in the 3-2 victory over in Spain – Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford.

The whoscored rating system uses over 200 raw statistics to calculate the player ratings and are weighted according to influence in the game – taking into account the area of the pitch and its outcome for each important event.

The ratings are used by numerous sections of the football industry; including media, bookmakers and clubs themselves).

As you can see, the 7.79 Fabian Schar rating was higher than any other defender involved in League A of the UEFA Nations League this week.

The defender has only started one Premier League match since joining Newcastle, getting the wrong side of his man and giving away the penalty that saw Chelsea score the crucial opening goal on 76 minutes of the 2-1 defeat in August. Although action replays appeared to show he played the ball first when trying to retrieve the situation.

Schar was subbed three minutes after giving away the penalty and has only made the subs bench twice since that defeat to Chelsea. Although he did play in the League Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest in the midweek following that debut in the Premier League.

With Florian Lejeune long-term injured and Ciaran Clark being assessed after picking up an injury on international duty, Schar could be the main cover on Saturday for Lascelles and Fernandez when United take on Brighton.


  • Ram Kishore

    He looks solid. He could step up and threaten Fernandez or Lascelles’ position. Looked really good for Switzerland in that match

  • Mxpx

    He’s actually a good defender people haven’t been too happy with him but he’s a great signing for me

  • Wor Lass

    I don`t know if he was just unfit or carrying a bit of an injury but when he played early doors he looked a bigger carthorse than Trigger (Ernie`s Trigger not Roy`s).

    • Ram Kishore

      Aren’t defenders supposed to be carthorse? Just wondering

      • Wor Lass

        Well, I was but I made up for it with “experience”.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Hang on………..Trigger?………. he pulled the fastest milk cart in the west…

      • Wor Lass

        And he would have beaten Schar in a race for the Goldtops – Ghostly or otherwise!

  • Mrkgw

    And yet, the likelihood is that he will still be overlooked by Rafa. Stubborn as a mule.

    • Ram Kishore

      He will get his chance soon enough ig. Had we been in cup, he could have gotten more minutes under his belt and could have adapted himself. Even though he’s stubborn, I do believe there are positives in it.
      Time to integrate, how he fights for his position, attitude of the player. He is still only 26/27, has enough time to establish himself as an important player here at the club.
      Ig he must have matured into a better player due to his past three years at Hoffenheim and Deportivo. He wasn’t a regular there.. so he know he has to be patient and wait for his opportunity.

  • mentalman

    He can play in midfield to, if things don’t pick up I’d like to see a change to a 3 man midfield schar sitting as the defensive midfielder. With shelvey and ritchie playing off him.

    • Ram Kishore

      U r a imaginative manager..
      Why don’t we go with 3 man midfield with Ki, Shelvey, Diame when we have 3 midfielders with different characteristics.
      Ki- they day a tidy midfielder who can make lot of forward runs
      Shelvey- his usual role something like a deep lying playmaker or cm
      Diame- Ball winning midfielders.
      Kennedy instead of Ki is aslo good.
      Ritchie in midfield 3, we shall be exploited by the opponents when he could do a good job as a RM popping in crosses playing alongside Perez and Muto.
      Just a thought

      • mentalman

        I don’t see why you would choose Diame over Schar for that particular role. Diame isnt a defensive midfielder in the same sense as Schar is, Diame breaks up attacks further up the pitch where as schar would sit in front of the defence and protect it. Rafa likes fluid tactics so when our full backs are pushing up schar could drop deep and make a 3 man defence. Schar is quite adept at playing long balls and his distribution is meant to be good so could be used to take the ball out if defence and start attacks, allowing shelvey to do what he does further up the pitch. Diame can’t do this.
        As for Ki i doubt we will see much of him to be fair if the concerns are correct.
        It won’t be long until Ritchie is moved in field he no longer has the legs to be a effective winger but i think he’d be more effective supporting the strikers from midfield.

        Up front I’d go for a three of kenedy rondon muto/perez or as you say kenedy could probably work effectively as the attacking midfielder

        • Ram Kishore

          It would be all suitable from our view but only the coach really knows the real quality the players possess. Diame is a ball winning midfielder that’s his speciality since Jan. We just know Schar as a ball playing midfielder. I don’t know whether he has donned the CDM position.
          All I am saying is, the tactics u propose seems real good for FM and FIFA but in reality I suspect few wont work out. No way we can play Ritchie in CAM or CM. Just see the way he plays, he is much better off in the wing than in the middle

  • Tweed Mag

    Is he in Brylcreem adverts too?