BBC Pundit Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that Newcastle defender Fabian Schar did something very special at the weekend.
The Magpies were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend.
A share of the spoils could have turned into defeat were in not for the heroics of the Switzerland international, however.
The 27-year-old was at his very best to ensure a shutout for Newcastle and he was included in Crooks’ Team of the Week piece.
He told BBC Sport: “The chip by Aaron Connolly was a certain goal and it needed something very special from a defender to clear the danger. That moment of magic came from Fabian Schar whose clearances off the line was nothing short of amazing.
“The clearance off the line could, come to the end of the season, be Newcastle and Steve Bruce’s lifeline.”
The Magpies have won just once this season – away at Tottenham – and currently, languish in 17th position in the Premier League.
Schar is clearly an important player to Bruce’s fortunes this season and his partnership with Jamaal Lascelles is massive.
Newcastle could easily be facing a relegation battle this season and keeping Schar fit and available to play is massive for the Magpies.
The central defender earns £40,000-a-week (Spotrac) at St James’ Park and keeping him at the club beyond the January transfer window could well prove challenging.
Replacing him would cost a fortune, however, and selling him seems unthinkable from a Newcastle perspective.