The Swiss international has an average match rating of 7.31 across the 18 Premier League games he’s played this season – a total bettered by no other Newcastle United player.
No doubt Schar’s 3 goals and 1 assist has helped his cause, but it’s easy to see why his rating has been so high, with him not only defending admirably, but showing an impressive range of passing from the back, also being a confident and successful dribbler when he decides to step out from the back.
Here are the top 10 rated Newcastle players according to WhoScored’s stats, with this list highlighting what a good job Ciaran Clark on the odd occasion Benitez brought him into the side:
It seems a little flawed that Dubravka doesn’t feature (he’s in 15th with an average rating of 6.59), although his costly errors against Spurs and Wolves will have had a huge impact on that mark no doubt.
Aside from Antonio Barreca, who’s bottom of the pile after playing just 4 minutes against Spurs, Jacob Murphy, Yoshinori Muto and Joselu are in the bottom three of WhoScored’s merit marks.
For me, Rondon is our player of the season, with his all round contribution week in week out along with his 10 goals and 5 assists proving pivotal, although Schar would have been a real contender if he’d shown this form over a longer period.