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What Can We Expect From This Unheralded Signing?


Emil Krafth could not have picked a more inopportune time to sign for Newcastle United. He was announced just hours before hometown hero Andy Carroll would make his heralded return home last Thursday.

Though being the low key type of person he seems to be, that may have suited him just fine.

Emil was announced that morning with some fanfare as we got to see the customary collection of photos with him wearing the shirt in a variety of poses. We also got the interview with Emil who we noticed spoke excellent English.

However, talk of Emil coming to Newcastle soon went quiet after the news of Big Andy’s return started being reported.

Krafth was seen in the photographs released of Saturdays training session. He definitely looked the part of a strong and physical player in those pictures.

He also made the bench in the opening game though he had been at the club only a few days.

We don’t think he will make the starting eleven against Norwich on Saturday but should find himself in the matchday squad again. Javier Manquillo did enough to keep his place we feel.

What will Emil Krafth bring to this squad and what qualities does he have that may separate him from Manquillo and DeAndre Yedlin?

When asked what type of player he was and how he would describe himself in his initial interview, responded:

“I’m solid. I’m very physical. And I’m good with the ball. I’m good one against one on defense.”

He also stated in that interview that he learned a lot of defensive tactics in Italy – big surprise! While in France, he noted that it was a more physical league than Italy and somewhat similar to the Premier League. This familiarity with a physical league should help him transition to the Premier League. The English game, he thinks, will suit him quite well.

Emil Krafth– Solid, physical, and good on the ball

Do these descriptions of himself match with what others have said about his play?

A report in 90min describes Emil as a quick and direct player who can cross a ball well. They also describe him as very solid defensively.

Sean McCormick in the Chronicle interviewed various people who are familiar with Emil Krafth and what type of player he is.

Roar Hansen coached the right-back at Swedish club Helsingborgs. This is how he described the Swede:

“He developed very good, he played all the games. He is a physical, quick player. 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.

“He has gone on to Italy, France and England and I can tell you I am a very, very proud coach.

“He is a very humble guy. He talks to everybody, all the fans, all the kids. He comes from a very small village in Sweden and he has a good family. He is a very good person.”

This is a nice description of Emil from someone who was around him when as he developed. We like that Hansen describes him as a hard worker as well as being a good listener. That usually means someone will be a smart player on the pitch. Paul Dummett is a similar type of player who takes instruction well.

It’s also the physical ability that will matter in the Premier League. The fact the Krafth is physical and quick should suit the style of the English game.

Manuel Minguzzi, a reporter of Tutto Bologna, had this to say about Krafth from his time in Italy with Serie A club Bologna:

“Donadoni liked his physical strength and his good technique, but his tactical gaps in Italy were never solved. This is why Donadoni preferred other players to him.”

Minguzzi is referencing Roberto Donadoni who coached Krafth at Bologna. Incidentally, there were reports this summer that the Italian was interested in joining Newcastle but was not considered.

This is not as glowing a report on Emil in terms of his tactical gaps. Krafth did mention that he learned defensive tactics in Italy in his interview. Minguzzi also mentions his strength and technique which are two attributes that should help him in England.

Alexis Blin, a defensive midfielder and Amiens teammate, described Emil Krafth with a bit more reverence than Minguzzi:

“There are very physical matches in France and much running and tackles and so on, so that was more his style of playing.”

“He was an important player in our team, in fact. He has got the team spirit, so you can be confident when he is on the pitch because he always gives his best for the team.

“He’s a fighter on the pitch and that’s what the supporters liked here. He was good at crossing as well. This is the reason why I think that he is ready to play in the Premier League.”

From what we have gathered it looks like Emil Krafth should be a solid and dependable addition to this squad. He also seems like he will be excellent in the community as well. We can’t wait to get a look at our new right-back and see some of those crosses reaching Joelinton in the box.


28 comments so far

  • jane

    Aug 13, 2019 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #1

    first half stats
    Porto 13 shots 6 on target
    Krasnodar 5 shots 3 on target

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  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #2

    @jane

    Fair enough, but at the end of the day its about who sticks the ball in the back of the net.

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  • Just a fan

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Jane
    Thank you for some football

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  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Also Ed, I understand that it is our main regional news outlet, especially for football. But you would be doing yourself a favour by reducing the references from the Chronicle as much as possible.

    All I know is Lee Ryder is their main guy and what he knows about football is… well nothing, the man is a bafoon.

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  • jane

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Accrington 1 Sunderland 1

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  • Just a fan

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Where did Anglo Saxon come from

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  • Just a fan

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Cockney mafia out
    Leave the decisions to ed

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Gotta repost, not enough blog time.

    MA
    Well that little wheeze worked out OK 4iiiis, nobody noticed the mannequin dummy’s, how many actual fans turned up.

    4iiiis
    About 30K boss, but the 10K freebies you gave out helped to pad the numbers out.

    MA
    Right but why didn’t you fill the other 5K seats you moron.

    4iiiis
    Not enough Dummies boss

    MA
    Hang on you said there was 30K of them.

    4iiiis
    No that was real fans boss, I mean we ran out of mannequins and the Sunderland fans hate Brucie now so they refused to help us out.

    MA
    OK could have been worse if all of the real empty seats could have been seen.

    4iiiis
    So true boss.

    MA
    Anyway what’s the story on the big demo at the Worthing store on Saturday.

    4iiiis
    Oh that boss was some bald guy was shouting Ashlie out until his Missus gave him a clip across the lughole and hurried him along to the next charity shop.

    MA
    A close call there for us, could have turned nasty.

    4iiiis
    Yes boss might not sound a lot but every little pin prick hurts your cash flow.

    MA
    Yes, baldy bastid!

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  • jane

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #9

    “The Anglo-Saxons left their homelands in northern Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands and rowed across the North Sea in wooden boats to Britain.”

    http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/saxons/where.html

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  • Just a fan

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Very funny
    Not

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  • Just a fan

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Jane stop it
    Your sounding like jib
    Lol

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Genjikai

    Aye the full series has been saved for posterity.

    One day learned wise men will find these words and marvel over them! 🙂

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  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #13

    You’re

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #14

    You are

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #15

    TV time!

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  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Jane, stop it.

    You are sounding like Jib.

    *Laughs out loud*

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  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #17

    I see Celtic have turned it around. Would have been funny to see them go out, just to see all the jocks/paddies try their best to defend the SPL.

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  • Mindshaft

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Cockneymafia – seems you spoke too soon 🙂

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  • IrishRob

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Getting players for cheap, if Schar is anything to hi by hes gonna be the best wing back in the league. I wouldn’t worry a bit. In Ashley we trust.

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  • Just a fan

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #20

    Cockney mafia
    Are you ok
    You having a stroke

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  • IrishRob

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #21

    On a serious note I think he voice very well get a Start on Saturday. Manquillo was average. Wouldn’t mind at all if he was starting on Saturday.

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  • IrishRob

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #22

    May* very well get a start….

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  • lesh

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #23

    Jane

    You’ve clearly been rooting around Jib’s extensive library to find that reference to the Anglo Saxons. A simple soul would’ve been able to make the connection between Saxon and Saxony.

    Even Balloony would’ve been able to have thought that through were he not committed to being the divisive, narcissist he is.

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  • Just a fan

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #24

    Lesh
    At least she tried

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  • Just a fan

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #25

    Ps
    I like jib
    He is informative

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  • lesh

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #26

    Whilst TMG’s challenge to Ashley’s got potential, even if agreed to it examining the club’s accounts, Ashley’d allow nothing more than a superficial look.

    What’s needed is a full examination, a due-diligence examination of the club’s finances to winkle out the various relationships between the club and other Ashley connected companies.

    He’d never agree that we know but his bluff’s been called and it’s up to TMG to keep the heat on Ashley – if they can find a friendly media-partner.

    I wonder if they’ve considered getting Private Eye on the case? Where there’s dirt to dig, they’ll dig it and Ashley’s the sort of individual they love.

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  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #27

    lesh
    I wonder if they’ve considered getting Private Eye on the case?

    Is it nice on your planet ?
    How many moons do you have ?

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  • dougie

    Aug 13, 2019 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #28

    I like jibs snippets of wisdom too,entertaining stuf imo

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