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Newcastle United star included in report naming 7 surprise Premier League success stories

3 years ago
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There has never been more money spent on Premier League squads.

Clubs looking to try and ensure they can compete for trophies, be competitive for European qualification, or simply attempting to avoid relegation.

A lot of money spent and a lot of failures amongst them.

A new report from Four Four Two has picked out seven players who have been surprise successes this season, although not all of them are new signings, or indeed low cost.

However, one of them is both.

Picking up plenty of accolades this season, here is yet another for Fabian Schar.

The classy defender has played in 20 Premier League games this season and Newcastle have won ten and drawn four of them, picking up 34 points. In his absence the team have won none of the 14 games, only picking up four from a possible 42 points.

Four Four Two reporting on the seven Premier League players who have ‘shone unexpectedly’ this season:

‘Fabian Schar

“There are two trains of thought with Newcastle United’s transfer business.

“The first is that the club is brilliant at spotting bargains.

“Their starting XI against Leicester on Friday evening contained seven players signed for less than £5m, an academy graduate and a loan signing.

“The cost in transfer fees of the 10 most-used players this season is just £38m.

“The second, more persuasive theory, is that Rafael Benitez is an excellent coach who excels in squeezing the most out of players who’ve been signed for a comparative song. And Schar is the perfect argument for that theory.

“Signed for £3.5m last summer, few expected the Swiss stopper to become one of the most consistent central defenders outside the top six. Or to be comfortable when both ‘proper’ defending and stepping up into midfield with ball at feet.

“He’s been a revelation.”

The Four Four Two full list of surprise successes:

Raheem Sterling (Man City)

Fabian Schar (Newcastle United)

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace)

Matt Doherty (Wolves)

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)

Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Etienne Capoue (Watford)

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