As well as being able to play in central defence, Schar has been more than competent in a full-back capacity, which could prove very useful considering the seemingly never-ending injury concerns inflicted on the Newcastle back-line.
At 23, he’s still very young for a defender but has already established himself as a very good defender in Europe. He might play in the Swiss league, but Schar has plenty of experience in Europe having played in both the Europa and Champions League and, of course the World Cup.
Bearing in mind the fact that Basel conceded just three times in the five Champions League group stage matches that he played, he certainly has the quality to perform at a high level.
He’s quick, young and aggressive in his defending. He has the potential to become an elite level defender and would certainly benefit under the tutorship of Fabricio Coloccini who looks set to leave when his contract expires at the end of next season.
Despite his tender age, he has an excellent understanding of the game, and has often been praised for his ability to proactively step forward and intercept, which has complimented the stationary, solid approach of his defensive partner, Marek Suchy.
He considers Thiago Silva and Mats Hummels to be players of a similar style and has admitted that he studies their matches in search of things he can apply to his own game.
There were strong rumours in January that Arsenal were ready to splash the cash in order to ensure the future of the young Swiss, but since then, after their signing of Gabriel Paulista, it looks as though their long-term pursuit of the youngster is now over.
If Newcastle were to capture the favour of young Schar, it would be an undeniable coup for the club, who have recently turned their attentions towards the cheaper free-transfer market.