Do they wake up early in Tyneside? You bet!
Newcastle United just made it official: Fabian Schär has signed a two-year deal to remain with the Magpies for a couple more seasons.
Schär, who arrived in Newcastle four years ago in the summer of 2018 from Spanish side Deportivo—he chose Depor instead of Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side in 2017—got to play 24, 22, and 18 matches in his first three years with the team, and he’s about to tie that record this weekend with a more than probable start against Liverpool come Saturday’s noon—as much as that inexplicably irritates the Reds. That, it must be said, felt all but guaranteed throughout the first couple of months of this season with Steve Bruce still in the managerial role.
Schär has appeared in 22 of the last 24 games since then, actually starting all of them and even donning the captain armband against Everton a few weeks back in a defeat to the now near-relegated Toffees. Schär has logged 90 minutes of playing time in all games after the one against Brentford, accumulates the third-most minutes played among Magpies this season, and is one of only three players in the squad—along with Allan Saint-Maximin and Joelinton—to have logged 2,000+ minutes this season.
Howe made clear his feelings and opinions about Schär recently, claiming that “Fabian has been excellent. I have been an admirer of Fabian, from afar, for a long, long time.” He added more praising words about the center-back, stating that as he sees the Swiss “he is a fantastic footballer. He fits my mold of what I want in a center-back. He is very composed and he is also very creative. And he can defend.”
Schär already commented on the deal and his situation at the Tyneside club: “I’m absolutely delighted. It’s what I always wanted—to stay here to play for this unbelievable club.” To that, Schär added that “since my first day in Newcastle, I felt so comfortable; it’s like a second home and now to stay here for some more years, I’m delighted.”
With this extension, Schär will remain in the Toon Army until the summer of 2024 as his prior deal was set to expire by the end of next June. Eddie Howe seems pleased with the board’s move and the player decision as he’s been quoted saying that “I’ve been delighted with Fabian’s form. He is the ultimate professional and a hugely important player in our dressing room.” And we approve!