The Sun has an article out this morning about a potential player exodus at Newcastle in the wake of the club’s handling of Rafa Benitez.
While it mentions mainly Ayoze Perez as being likely to want an exit, it also adds a couple of new names that would further devastate the fan base if they were to leave.
Those two are Swiss International defender Fabian Schar and Slovakian International goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. Both players were brought in by Rafa in bargain deals.
Dubravka’s arrival in January 2018, initially on loan, transformed the team. His ball distribution and world-class saves made the team a lot more solid at the back while simultaneously providing a more fluid attack.
Fabian Schar, with his ball-playing skills, also allowed the side to play a bit more comfortable in possession. He also showed an ability to score goals out of nothing with his strike against Burnley coming quickly to mind.
While there has only really been the murmurs from Juventus for Dubravka and a very muted Arsenal link for Schar early last month, we would expect those whispers to get louder with the departure of Rafa.
Another new name to crop up in possible want away talk is Argentine Federico Fernandez who deleted a tweet yesterday which seemed to be somewhat critical of the club
This is what David Coverdale writes in his article:
Defender Federico Fernandez criticised the club’s handling of Benitez’s contract saga and is now open to offers.
While sought-after centre-half Fabian Schar and keeper Martin Dubravka would also listen to an approach.
One of the devastating aspects of Rafa’s departure was that the work he had done over the past three years with limited backing had set a solid foundation.
This was going to be the year that he was to be given a larger budget in what could have been such a monumental summer.
With £50M to spend along with what was generated through player sales, we were excited at the prospect of watching two or three top additions strengthen an already solid squad.
Now we are terrified at the prospect of this squad being decimated by departures due to the incompetence of this owner.