This article forms part of our Profit Players feature, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has turned out since being signed/sold and using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
It was only the summer of 2018 that Newcastle triggered a £3m release clause in Schar’s contract with Deportivo to bring him over to St. James’ Park, as reported by BBC Sport.
That there was actually a clause that allowed him to leave for such a small fee seems shocking now, along with the fact that other Premier League sides didn’t feel the need to trigger it – though Newcastle certainly won’t be complaining.
The Guardian even put him in their top 10 bargains of the summer across Europe, stating: “Rafa Benítez has become accustomed to scouring the market for bargains, and may have found his best yet in the Swiss centre-back.”
The defender, who is now 27-years-old, actually had a pretty slow start to life in England, as he only played one of Newcastle’s first 10 matches after they signed him, being left on the bench or out of the squad entirely for the other nine, as per Transfermarkt.
He went on to make 22 Premier League starts and two substitute appearances, scoring four goals and assisting once, as per WhoScored, which is pretty impressive for a centre-back.
Of course, his defensive statistics are the most important for a player in his position and he averaged 2.5 tackles, 2.8 interceptions, 5.7 interceptions and 0.7 blocks per game.
The Switzerland international has taken his eye-catching performances into the 2019/20 campaign, having got two goals and an assist across his last three games for club and country, which has caused excitement among many Newcastle fans.
It is hard to see the defender being left on the bench now and has played 355 Premier League minutes from a possible 360 this season, while it should also be noted that he has exceeded his defensive averages from last season in every area but clearances.
The defender’s pricetag during the summer of 2019 was €15m, according to Calciomercato, which is already a considerable profit on the £3m Newcastle spent on him, but if he carries on playing the way he has then his price should continue to rise even further.
One of the last buys of the Rafa Benitez, the classy Swiss looks to be a real parting gift from the Spaniard.
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