After Steve Bruce’s appointment, Newcastle have gone on somewhat of a spending spree, bringing in the likes of Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin, costing upwards of £50 million. However, they have now made another addition on Deadline Day in the form of right back Emil Krafth.
The Magpies have signed the defender for £5 million from French side Amiens. The Swedish international has made over 100 appearances in his native Sweden for youth side Lagans AIK as well as Östers IF and Helsingborgs IF. After doing well for the latter, he earned a move to Serie A side Bologna.
During his time in Italy, Krafth made 42 appearances for the side, averaging over 1 tackle and interception per game, whilst making an impressive 2.8 clearances per game in his final season with the side.
The Swede then moved to now former side Amiens on loan and did well. He made 35 appearances, his most in a single season to date, with his defensive output increasing to 1.6 tackles per game. All stats courtesy of WhoScored.com.
His international career is slightly more exciting than his club career. being the fifth youngest Swede to play for their U21 side and being selected for their 2018 World Cup squad.
Based on the information above, the 25 year old is nothing exceptional or a massive signing for Steve Bruce’s side. However, he is a solid option and provides an option for Newcastle in the case of injuries or the need for rotation during cup games. Krafth’s attacking numbers aren’t impressive at all, but his defensive output is decent enough to be an effective squad player.
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