Fabian Schar has been making the headlines during the international break, thanks to his wonder-goal in the Swiss national side’s draw with Ireland on Thursday.
That goal rounded off a good week for the 27-year-old centre-back, with him also grabbing Newcastle’s equaliser at St James’ Park in last weekend’s game against Watford.
He has turned out to be one of the best signings Newcastle have made in recent times, and has solidified his place at the heart of Newcastle’s defence.
Bearing in mind that Newcastle got him for just £3 million, and he could be labelled as one of the best bargain’s in Newcastle’s history.
But Newcastle could find themselves with a problem in the coming months, as his stock withing the game – and the Premier League in particular – grows.
Finding top quality players who can slot straight into a top Premier League team is not easy nowadays, and if his sparkling form continues, Newcastle may find themselves inundated with requests from some of the big guns keen to lure him away from Tyneside.
Newcastle must keep hold of Schar at all costs
Newcastle must be ready for that prospect, and if his head is turned by some of football’s giant clubs, it may prove difficult for us to keep hold of one of our biggest assets.
Toon fans will be worried at a large offer coming in, given Mike Ashley’s love of making a profit.
Given that we paid such a small amount for Schar, and the form he is in, Ashley may consider selling him for around 10 times the amount they paid for him, too much to resist.
It will be a test for the high street mogul, and if he has any ambition for the football club, he will rebut any offers with a new, lucrative deal for the defender.
Fans will certainly hope so, but we have all been down this road before, and it does not always end well.