Sky Sports report Newcastle’s best player set to miss West Ham
Fabian Schar has been interviewed by Sky Sports News.
The Swiss defender trying his best to be upbeat, declaring ‘We are still at the bottom of the table but it is very close and with one or two wins everything looks better.’
With only two wins in the opening 11 games (all competitions), it remains to be seen how long it does take to get another couple of wins.
Steve Bruce recently said that Newcastle had a run of winnable games coming up, four of them starting with Wolves last weekend. However, NUFC were very lucky to escape with even a point as the visitors dominated after the break.
Creating more than the odd chance is still looking way beyond this team and/or current tactics, when Jamaal Lascelles scored on Sunday it brought to an end over eight hours of footballs where Newcastle had only scored one goal (Matty Longstaff v Man Utd).
It was maybe even less of a surprise that Newcastle failed to beat Wolves, when you take into account that it is 18 months since the Magpies won a Premier League game when Fabian Schar wasn’t involved.
Having interviewed Schar for Sky Sports News, afterwards Keith Downie revealed: ‘Just interviewed Newcastle defender Fabian Schar. Seems upbeat about severity of his knee injury but seems very unlikely he’ll play against West Ham this weekend.’
Whilst his replacement Fernandez did well on Sunday, with Lejeune and now Schar missing, it mean there is nobody reliable amongst the centre-backs capable of bringing the ball out of defence and/or playing it out.
Fabian Schar talking to Sky Sports News:
“It has been a mixed start to the season but we have had a difficult start against five of the big sides in the first 10 games.
“We know how difficult the league is and that we have to score more goals.
“But we will improve.
“We know how good we can be and all we can do is look forward day by day.
“I am positive in the quality and belief in the team, we perhaps have more quality than last year.
“We are still at the bottom of the table but it is very close and with one or two wins everything looks better.
“You have to look at how we play and what our strikers and forwards do in terms of defensive work.
“Many people don’t see that or forget that they are hard working guys, who do everything for the team to defend and it’s difficult to do the same attacking.”
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