This article forms part of our Valuation Evaluation feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at the increase or decrease of a player’s Transfermarkt valuation and whether it is justified or not.
The key to Newcastle’s survival in the Premier League under former manager Rafael Benitez was having a sturdy defence. And at the heart of that sturdy defence was Fabian Schar.
In Benitez’s final season in the St. James’ Park dugout, Newcastle recorded one of the best defensive records in the division (via WhoScored), with Schar playing his part. In the 2018/19 campaign, he averaged the most interceptions per game in the Magpies’ squad with 2.8 and the third-most tackles with 2.5.
Benitez only picked up the 28-year-old for £3m, so this really has been a good piece of business — especially when you consider what his market valuation is today. According to Transfermarkt, having once been worth around the £3m Newcastle paid for him, Schar now has a market valuation of £14.4m.
It is no surprise to see the Switzerland international’s market valuation go up like that as he continues to record some solid defensive numbers. Once again, he ranks highly in Newcastle’s squad when it comes to tackles and interceptions made per game.
In regards to the former, with two, Javier Manquillo is the only Newcastle defender to average more (2.1). As for the latter, at 2.1, only Nabil Bentaleb (3.3) can top that.
How much is Fabian Schar worth?
£15m or more
Less than £15m
Factor in some of the goals he has come up with — grabbing a brace against Cardiff City last year — and he really has been an incredible acquisition, even if he has been in and out of the team under Steve Bruce this term.
Furthermore, the increase in his market valuation makes complete sense and puts into perspective the magic that Benitez has worked.
Newcastle fans, how much do you think Schar is worth in today’s market? Let us know in the comment section below!
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