Interestingly, Schar has also been named in WhoScored’s Premier League team of the season based on his average rating across the 2018/19 campaign, with a mark of 7.30 seeing him placed alongside Virgil Van Dijk as the second best centre-back this year according to the stats.
Schar put in another polished display at the weekend, defending well and scoring his 4th of the season, however it’s great to see Ritchie get the credit he deserves here – our unsung hero of 2019 for me.
He was outstanding on Saturday, giving us brilliant energy and tenacity down our left as well as weighing in with two assists.
Here’s what WhoScored ‘Team of the Week’ across Europe from the final weekend of the season, followed by what they’ve said about each NUFC player’s display:
Fabian Schar (8.64 rating)
“The first of two Newcastle players to make the cut, Fabian Schar capped a fine debut season in England with another standout display as the Magpies ended the campaign with a 4-0 win at Fulham, a match in which the Swiss centre-back was named man of the match. The 27-year-old bagged his fourth league goal of the season in the victory, while nine clearances, four interceptions and two tackles saw him land a WhoScored rating of 8.64.”
Matt Ritchie (8.35 rating)
“Completing the defence is Matt Ritchie, who notched his seventh and eighth league assists of the season in the 4-0 win at Fulham. The Scot’s brace of assists came as a result of three key passes, while additional returns of four clearances and two tackles yielded a respectable WhoScored rating of 8.35.”