Our poll for the best three center-backs at Newcastle has yielded some interesting results. The winners of the poll are three players all brought to the club by Rafa Benitez. All the players cost a combined £17m.
Topping the list is the Swiss superstar Fabian Schar which is no surprise. Fabian won our first two Player of the Month polls for August and September. Since he came into the team in November of last season, he has been a revelation for Newcastle.
The 27-year-old is also one of the biggest bargains in Premier League history. Schar joined Newcastle for just £3m from Deportivo La Coruna in 2018.
Second on the list is a man we’ve seen far too little of over the past year and a half. Frenchman Florian Lejeune has been out all season with his second knee injury. He also only played 12 matches last season as he worked his way back from his first knee injury.
However, when Florian’s played, he’s shown his class and that is why he’s rated so highly by the Newcastle faithful. We hope to see the 28-year-old back on the pitch very soon. He could even make his return this month with Steve Bruce looking to rotate his squad with the heavy holiday fixture schedule.
Third on the list is the biggest surprise. Federico Fernandez has beaten out captain Jamaal Lascelles to round out our top three center-backs. The 30-year-old Argentine has never let Newcastle down.
He’s shown his value over the past month since he came into the team for the injured Fabian Schar. It speaks volumes for Fernandez that he’s kept Schar on the bench over the past two matches.
It’s interesting that this trio was all signed by Rafa Benitez. They’ve also never been together as a Newcastle back three in any match. Maybe Steve Bruce can correct that and get these three together on the pitch.
Who Are Newcastle's Best Three Center-Backs
- Schar (32%, 927 )
- Lejeune (28%, 800 )
- Fernandez (21%, 611 )
- Lascelles (14%, 391 )
- Clark (4%, 117 )
- Dummett (2%, 48 )
Total Voters: 984
What Will Be The Result Of The Match At Sheffield United?
- Draw (37%, 459 )
- Win (36%, 443 )
- Loss (27%, 336 )
Total Voters: 1,238