Nearly six weeks after the final whistle of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season, Schalke have at last made an addition to the squad, signing centre-back Pablo Insua of Deportivo La Coruna, the club announced on Thursday evening.
The 23-year-old defender was on loan at Leganés the past two seasons, penned a four-year deal with the Royal Blues through June 2021 and he will don the number 3 shirt, according to the club.
Insua, who stands at 6 feet 2 inches (187 m), made 20 La Liga appearances this past campaign with nine starts. The Spanish born defender earned an average WhoScored match rating of 6.45 with one goal and zero assists. Insua was handed just three yellow cards on the season and was responsible for only 0.9 fouls per match.
His stats aren’t much to boast, but his leadership skills are what grabbed the attention of Schalke and first-year manager Domenico Tedesco.
“Pablo Insua is a tactically very good player, he moves the ball on quickly and anticipates very well,” Tedesco said. “He also has the potential to show clean leadership skills on the pitch.”
The addition mostly gives Schalke some depth behind their current strong CB pairing of Benedikt Höwedes and Matija Nastasic. Insua likely won’t feature in the starting eleven much this season, but if needed, he does have some experience playing in a top league.