During their piece covering the ten best ‘value-for-money’ signings in Europe this summer, The Guardian have included NUFC new boy Fabian Schar in their list following his £3m move from Deportivo La Coruna.
With Chancel Mbemba heading to Porto, Benitez moved quickly to sign the former Basel star – with the club activating his £3m release clause back in July.
The Swiss international has only started two competitive games in a black and white shirt, playing against Forest and Chelsea over the past week, but Guardian writer Niall McVeigh believes the 26-year-old could prove to be one of Rafa’s biggest bargains.
Here’s a snippet from their piece, claiming that the defender is worth ‘much more’ than the £3m fee we paid for him:
‘Rafa Benítez has become accustomed to scouring the market for bargains, and may have found his best yet in the Swiss centre-back.
‘Schär has played in La Liga, the Bundesliga, the Champions League, two World Cups and Euro 2016 – and he’s still just 26.
‘Alongside fellow newcomer Federico Fernández, Schar brings a wealth of experience to a defence that was the Premier League’s seventh-best last season.
‘He is worth much more than the £3m release clause Newcastle paid after Deportivo’s relegation.’
Schar was impressive on his full debut against Chelsea (despite giving away a penalty where he appeared to win the ball), however he was less convincing in last week’s cup defeat to Forest; receiving criticism for his part in their opening two goals.
This list included Danny Ings (Liverpool to Palace), Joao Moutinho (Monaco to Wolves) and Hamza Mendyl (Lille to Schalke), with the latter being a player who admitted to receiving an offer from Newcastle United over the summer just a few weeks ago.
Do you believe Schar is one of the bargains of the summer?
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