Garth Crooks says Saturday incident could have given Steve Bruce a lifeline
Garth Crooks has picked his best 11 performers from the weekend’s action.
The Premier League team of the weekend that has most impressed him.
Included in his top 11 is one player from the game at St James Park.
Whilst Brighton were overwhelmingly the better side, it is a Newcastle player who makes the Garth Crooks team.
Crooks declaring about the big moment of the match in the second half: ‘That moment of magic came from Fabian Schar whose clearance off the line was nothing short of amazing.’
If ever a bit of defensive player was the equivalent of scoring a goal, it was Schar’s intervention.
That clearance clearly responsible for Newcastle picking up an undeserved point, as the Seagulls would have surely won comfortably if the ball had fully crossed the line.
So important could that moment be, Garth Crooks says ‘The clearance off the line by Schar could, come the end of the season, be Newcastle and Steve Bruce’s lifeline.’
The BBC Sport pundit further underlines the Swiss defender’s overall worth to the team.
Garth Crooks pointing out that in the last 44 Premier League games, Newcastle have won only once when Schar hasn’t started. The records showing 12 wins in 28 PL games when the defender has started, only one in 16 when not in the starting eleven.
Fabian Schar stands up and takes responsibility at both ends of the pitch, Newcastle desperately need certain other players to do the same.
Garth Crooks with his BBC Sport Premier League team of the week and reasons for selecting Fabian Schar:
“The chip by Aaron Connolly was a certain goal and it needed something very special from a defender to clear the danger.
“That moment of magic came from Fabian Schar whose clearance off the line was nothing short of amazing.
“The clearance off the line by Schar could, come the end of the season, be Newcastle and Steve Bruce’s lifeline.
“Did you know?
“Since the start of last season, Newcastle have won 43% of their Premier League games when Fabian Schar has started (12/28), compared to just 6% when he hasn’t (1/16).”
Ricardo Pereira (Leicester)
Nathan Ake (Bournemouth)
Fabian Schar (Newcastle)
Chris Basham (Sheffield United)
James Maddison (Leicester)
Kevin de Bruyne (Man City)
Bernardo Silva (Man City)
Mark Noble (West Ham)
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
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