The VERDICT – Fabian Schär

It wasn’t that long ago that Fabian Schär was a youngster at FC Basel being linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe and while the Inter Milans and Arsenals of this world may have decided to pass on him, it doesn’t mean that he won’t be a worthy asset to Newcastle’s bid to stay in the top flight… another man’s treasure right?

The Swiss international is far from your traditional centre-back…

Unlike most defenders, when under pressure he is more likely to look for a smart cross field pass than he is to boot the ball into row Z and he isn’t one to doubt his ability in a dead-ball situation either – he was the designated penalty taker during his last at Basel.

Fabricio Coloccini signed for Newcastle in the summer of 2008 and went on to make over 200 league appearances for ‘The Magpies’ before leaving for San Lorenzo in his native Argentina in 2016.

Since Fabricio Coloccini’s departure from St James’ Park In 2016, there has been a hole in Newcastle’s back four that Jamaal Lascelles hasn’t been able to fill alone, but in Fabian Schär Newcastle might just have found the composed dribbler to compliment Lascelles’ raw power.

The VERDICT… It’s unlikely you’ll find a better defender for £3 million.