Newcastle United defender Fabian Schar scored a fine goal for Switzerland last week.

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has told the Shields Gazette that seeing Fabian Schar play as the central defender in a back three gave him ‘food for thought’.

The Magpies are back in action this weekend as they head to Anfield to take on Liverpool, which appears to be something of a daunting task.

Fortunately, Bruce has most of his squad back unscathed from international duty, and he even saw defender Schar pick up another goal.

Schar scored the equaliser for Newcastle in their 1-1 draw with Watford before the break, and then finished off a sweeping Switzerland move to score against the Republic of Ireland just days later.

Schar – a bargain £3million capture from Deportivo La Coruna in 2018 – has become a fan favourite at St James’ Park, and regularly provides a goal threat.

That’s something Liverpool will have to think about this weekend, and Bruce has now hailed his goal for Switzerland, branding it a ‘great’ strike.

Bruce isn’t surprised at all having seen how much Schar enjoys attacking drills in training, whilst seeing him play as a central defender in a back three was also interesting to Bruce having mostly used him on the right of his back three at Newcastle.

“It was a great goal, wasn’t it? Wow, what a goal,” said Bruce. “That doesn’t surprise me, because out of the centre-halves who join in with the shooting practice, and all the rest of it, he enjoys it. It doesn’t surprise me. Also, he played in the middle of the three as well, which gave me food for thought,” he added.

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