Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce is a big admirer of Magpies centre back Fabian Schar, according to journalist Ciaran Kelly.
The 27-year-old has become a key member of the Newcastle team since his transfer from Spanish side Deportivo last summer, and Bruce is a real fan of the Swiss international.
“Bruce admires Schar and it’s not just because of what he can do on the ball or how he loves joining in with shooting practice at training,” Kelly wrote in a piece for The Chronicle.
“The Switzerland international is a straight talker and has quietly emerged as a key figure in the dressing room who is not afraid to speak his mind.”
It’s no surprise that Bruce loves Schar. The Switzerland star has been a raging success since making the switch to St James’ Park last summer, and is clearly someone who is respected both by the coaching staff and the players. Clearly Schar is becoming more and more influential in the dressing room, with his excellent performances on the pitch giving him increased clout off it. And there’s no doubt that he has been excellent since moving to Tyneside. So far this season he has been one of Bruce’s best players, although that’s not a particularly high bar. However, the statistics tell you all you need to know about how well Schar has done so far this campaign. As per WhoScored.com, the former Depor man is averaging two tackles, three interceptions, 5.8 clearances and 0.8 blocks per game. Those are stunning numbers which show how heavily involved he is defensively for the Magpies. Then there’s his passing, where he’s averaging 61.2 passes per outing with a success rate of 85%. He is a multi-faceted player, and clearly a winning personality as well.