In a recent report, The Northern Echo has revealed that Newcastle United are planning to extend Fabian Schar’s contract before the UEFA European Championships later this summer. It is understood that the Magpies will try to tie the Swiss centre-back down to a new deal so that they can extend his stay at St. James’ Park beyond the end of next season when his current contract is set to run out (via The Northern Echo).
Schar’s Influential Yet Injury Ravaged Season At Newcastle
The 29-year-old has only managed to play a sporadic role in Steve Bruce’s first team as he has missed a lot of matches due to multiple injuries. Schar has made 18 appearances for the Magpies this term, picking up five yellow cards on all fronts.
However, the Wil-born talent has managed to be a decent defender at the back for Newcastle after averaging 0.8 tackles, 1.6 interceptions and 2.9 clearances per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season. He has even been relatively tidy when distributing the ball, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 77.4% in the English first division (stats via whoscored).
Despite his recent injury concerns, Schar has the experience and defensive skillset to play another influential role for the Magpies in the coming seasons. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense for Steve Bruce to offer him a contract extension so that the player can stay at Tyneside beyond the summer of 2022.
Newcastle Planning To Offer Schar A Contract Extension: Good Move For Both Parties?
Schar can use his strong 1.86m frame to get the better of the opposition attackers in the air and can dominate his penalty box with authority when he is playing well on the pitch. The 54-time Switzerland international is often quick to react to the danger and can make some crucial last-gasp clearances to come to his team’s rescue when required.
Hence, Schar penning a contract extension seems like a good move for both the player and the Tyneside club as he is good enough to be a decent squad player at St. James’ Park in the coming seasons. At 29, the Swiss sensation still has a handful of years left in his locker to operate at a high level. Furthermore, he will increase competition for places within Bruce’s squad and has shown in the past that he can earn regular game time when he is playing with confidence on the pitch.
All in all, Schar will undoubtedly benefit from getting his long-term future sorted as it will help him focus on giving a good account of himself on the field. The Magpies also need to retain most of their senior players like Schar if they intend to steer clear of the relegation zone by having a good defensive record in the Premier League over the next few seasons.