According to the club’s official website, Newcastle United have completed the signing of centre back Fabian Schar. The 26-year-old had played his football at Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna but their relegation from La Liga last season plunged his future at the club into doubt, as did a reported £3 million release clause that came into effect as a result of relegation.
And Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle have acted quickest to officially seal a deal for the Switzerland international, and with that deal now done, the Magpies chief must turn his attentions towards solving a key problem in his squad by signing £13.5 million-rated ace Danny Welbeck (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, while the North East giants were reasonably solid defensively last season and more than held their own in the middle of the park, the striking department simply didn’t produce the goods on a regular basis, netting just 39 times in their 38 Premier League matches.
The likes of Dwight Gayle and Joselu simply failed to effectively convince of their capabilities to lead the line for the Magpies, and alongside the disastrous loan spell endured by Islam Slimani, as well as the likely departure of Aleksandar Mitrovic, Benitez simply has to bolster his attacking ranks this summer if Newcastle are to improve upon last term’s tenth place effort.
And that is why they should be doing all they can to lure Arsenal’s Welbeck to St James’ Park, as the England international reportedly faces an uncertain few weeks at the Emirates Stadium ahead of the summer deadline.
The 27-year-old made the move to North London from rivals Manchester United back in 2014 but hasn’t quite been able to live up to expectations, with injuries and a lack of form restricting the forward to just 112 appearances for the Gunners.
Yet Welbeck deserves huge credit for coming back from injury last term and going on to net six goals in 2018 for Arsene Wenger’s team, to the point that his form earned him a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the recent World Cup.
So while he isn’t always the most prolific in front of goal, it’s arguable that he’d still carry a greater attacking threat than the majority of Newcastle’s front men, at the same time bringing something different to the forward ranks given Welbeck has the pace and strength to lead the line effectively.
Thus, with Schar having made the move to St James’ Park in a bid to improve the centre back ranks ahead of the new season, Benitez must now turn his attentions to another area in need of strengthening by making a move for striker Welbeck.
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