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One winner and loser as Newcastle close in on Fabian Schar

Fabian Schar
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One winner and loser as Newcastle close in on Fabian Schar

Newcastle are closing in on signing the highly rated centre back.

Reports this week from Sky Sports claim Newcastle are on the verge of signing Swiss international and Deportivo La Coruna centre-back Fabian Schar for a fee of £3 million.

The former Basel defender failed to make an impression in La Liga and saw his side relegated last season which has led to Newcastle acquiring his services for a cut price.

Schar played a vital role in Switzerland’s 2018 World Cup campaign which saw them reach the Last 16 stage of the tournament in Russia.

Here at The Boot Room, we look at one winner and one loser as Newcastle close in on signing the Deportivo centre-back.

Winner – Newcastle’s defense

Newcastle sold defender Chancel Mbemba to Porto for £7.14  million in this transfer window and by signing Schar have filled the void the DR Congo international left.

 

And after Florian Lejeune got injured this past week, the Magpies desperately needed some depth in the centre back positions within the squad.

Schar will bring with him to Tyneside a winning mentality, winning three Swiss league titles during his time at Basel and also an international pedigree which he displayed in this summer’s World Cup.

It’ll be interesting to see how Benitez will utilise Schar’s abilities. However, Newcastle fans will be confident their Spanish boss can bring the best out of him.

(Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

 Loser – Ciaran Clark

Ciaran Clark is Newcastle’s only other current centre-back option alongside Jamaal Lascelles, and due to Lascelles being the Magpies captain and having an outstanding first season in the Premier League, he won’t be the one losing his place in the starting XI to Schar.

At 26 years of age, Schar is a few years younger than Clark and also has a lot more experience than him playing at the highest level, which doesn’t bode well for the Irish international.

It’s likely Benitez sees Schar as the man to partner Lascelles at the heart of Newcastle’s defence, which means Clark’s days in the starting XI could be numbered.

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