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Fabian Schar has averaged almost two points per game when playing – He will be a big miss

3 months ago
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With only eight games remaining, surely Fabian Schar has proved himself to be one of Newcastle’s best players this season, if not THE best.

Rafa Benitez hasn’t always seen the Swiss international as an automatic choice.

Fabian Schar featuring in only one of the first 10 Premier League games of this season – but then playing in 17 of these last 20.

There have been 30 Premier League matches so far and these are the 18 Fabian Schar has played in:

Newcastle 3 Everton 2

West Ham 2 Newcastle 0

Newcastle 2 Burnley 0

Newcastle 2 Huddersfield 0

Wolves 1 Newcastle 1

Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0

Newcastle 2 Man City 1

Newcastle United 3 Cardiff City 0

Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 2

Watford 1 Newcastle United 1

Newcastle United 0 Fulham 0

Huddersfield Town 0 Newcastle United 1

Everton 1 Newcastle United 1

Newcastle United 0 West Ham United 3

Burnley 1 Newcastle United 2

Newcastle United 2 Bournemouth 1

Newcastle United 1 Watford 0

Newcastle United 1 Chelsea 2

When Fabian Schar plays:

Played 18 Won 9 Drawn 4 Lost 5 Goals For 22 Goals Against 18

When Fabian Schar isn’t involved:

Played 12 Won 0 Drawn 3 Lost 9 Goals For 7 Goals Against 20

Of the 34 points Newcastle have picked up so far, 31 of them have been in the 18 matches where Fabian Schar has been involved. Only three points from the other 12 games.

Newcastle United concede less and score more when he is in the team.

With Fabian Schar, Newcastle have averaged almost two points (1.7222) per game, which if they had averaged that over the other 10 games when he wasn’t playing (instead of 0.3 points per game), would have meant 52 points so far this season and seventh place in the table, only five behind Chelsea in sixth.

Last season, Schar’s points average would have meant 65 points over a 38 game season and sixth place ahead of Arsenal.

Newcastle though are now going to have to cope without him, as Fabian Schar also likes putting his foot in and has 10 yellow cards form only 18 PL appearances, triggering a two match ban.

I think that when Schar is in the team, he helps get NUFC playing better football, his passing and willingness/ability to bring the ball out of defence are massive pluses – rather than just booting it up the pitch.

Saturday was a case in point against Everton.

Sometimes his ambitious passes are a little too ambitious and sometimes when bringing the ball out he will run down a blind alley.

However, the positives far outweigh those, as on top of being a good defender, he gets Newcastle up the pitch as well.

Plus his three goals were invaluable in the essential wins over Burnley and Cardiff.

No wonder results have been so much better with him in the team.

Interesting to see how we get on at Bournemouth and Arsenal without him.

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