Newcastle United Transfer Updates: Fabian Schar Expresses Interest in Contract Renewal and High Praise for Smith-Rowe
Here’s a summary of the latest transfer speculations surrounding Newcastle United:
Fabian Schar Aiming for Contract Extension
According to Swiss media outlet Blick, Fabian Schar has recently discussed his future with Newcastle United, suggesting the possibility of a new contract at St. James’ Park. The report indicates that the Magpies have the option to prolong the Swiss defender’s contract for an additional year, as his current deal is set to expire this summer.
Schar emphasized his strong connection with Newcastle, describing it as his second home: “Newcastle is my second home. Team, coach, club – I feel very comfortable. I really enjoy it, and I hope that this journey continues.”
Despite making just 24 appearances in the Premier League before Eddie Howe took the helm, Schar has been a consistent and standout performer this season. Blick contends that Eddie Howe is the primary reason behind Schar’s desire to extend his stay on Tyneside. Schar praised Howe’s coaching style, emphasizing the manager’s ability to cater to each player’s unique needs: “You can take something out every day. He has a very good feeling for what every player needs individually.”
Emile Smith-Rowe Seen as a Suitable Fit for Newcastle
According to former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor, Emile Smith-Rowe, the Arsenal midfielder linked with a move to St. James’ Park, would make a valuable addition to Newcastle’s squad. Agbonlahor expressed this view in an interview with Football Insider, stating, “I think he’s certainly at the required level. He could serve as a valuable squad player for Newcastle.”
However, Agbonlahor pointed out a potential challenge, noting that Smith-Rowe might be departing Arsenal for another club where he won’t be a regular starter. He highlighted the presence of Joe Willock, who excelled for Newcastle last season and seems to have been somewhat overlooked, as well as Guimaraes in the same position at Newcastle. If Smith-Rowe were to join Newcastle, he would need to compete for a spot, and there would be no guaranteed starting position.
Agbonlahor suggested that Smith-Rowe might have a better opportunity to play at Newcastle, as he hinted at a lack of preference from Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta: “He’s squandering his prime years by being on the bench and not getting playing time.