Newcastle United brought in five new recruits over the summer – but one has flown relatively under the radar.
The Magpies signed right-back Emil Krafth from Amiens on transfer deadline day for a modest fee of £5 million (BBC Sport), and it’s fair to say most fans don’t know much about the 25-year-old.
The Sweden international – who featured in the quarter-final defeat to England at the 2018 World Cup – has had an obscure career so far, turning out for Lagans AIK, Osters IF, Helsingborgs and Bologna, before moving to France.
At Osters and Helsingborgs Krafth was managed by Roar Hansen, who has given a testimony of the full-back as he prepares for a new challenge in the Premier League.
“He is a physical, quick player,” he told The Chronicle. “He improved with the ball at the time and he is not the most talented player I ever worked with but he always worked hard. He always wanted to be better, always listened to the coaches and the more experienced players. I can tell you I am a very, very proud coach.”
Expressen journalist Daniel Kristoffersson added that Krafth’s Bologna teammates bestowed him the nickname of ‘Thor’ due to his physicality and commitment to the cause.
And Thomas Monconduit, a teammate of Krafth’s at Amiens, said that he is ‘a big professional’ and ‘plays hard’.
It sounds as though Newcastle have signed a player who the fans could potentially really warm to.
The Premier League can certainly be quite physical, meaning Krafth could be a decent fit after struggling in the more tactical Italian league.
DeAndre Yedlin – who is currently injured – and Javier Manquillo have both struggled to convince, meaning it could only be a matter of time before Steve Bruce turns to Krafth.