Newcastle United defender Emil Krafth has been given a great chance to impress at the beginning of the season, but it appears like he’s wasted it.
The 25-year-old joined the Magpies in the summer for £5million (Sky Sports) from French club Amiens and manager Steve Bruce has given him good opportunities already this campaign.
He has arrived at St James’ Park to compete for the right-back position and first-choice option DeAndre Yedlin has been sidelined through injury so far.
Krafth has played in four of the five games across all competitions this term and it’s hard to see if he’s any better than the options already at the club.
The Sweden international had a nightmare Newcastle debut back in the defeat to Norwich City and was hardly inspiring in the draw with Watford, but did play in the win against Tottenham.
He certainly looks better defensively than going forward and he does need time to adjust to English football, but it feels like an opportunity missed to really cement his spot in Bruce’s plans.
Javier Manquillo is an adequate option battling for the right wing-back role, while Yedlin’s return is anticipated at some point after the international break.
Bruce confirmed (official website) on 30 August that Yedlin was back in training for the first time, as he looks to work his way back to match fitness.
Yedlin is a speed machine that played 29 times across all competitions last season and he will be looking to force his way back into the XI under a new manager.
Newcastle’s right-back area is a fascinating headache for Bruce to have and it seems like there is no outstanding candidate, which is why Krafth may have slightly blown his chance.