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International Teammate Gives Insight On New Signing

Swedish international midfielder Sebastian Larsson will have some good insight into a few aspects of Newcastle at the moment.

Larsson was signed by Steve Bruce to play at both Birmingham City and Sunderland. It was at Sunderland that he also played with two of Newcastle’s right-backs in DeAndre Yedlin and Javier Manquillo.

He is also the international teammate of our new right-back Emil Krafth. Larsson will know all about Emil from playing with him for Sweden. He will also be able to draw on his experiences with Bruce, Yedlin, and Manquillo to give a good indication of where Krath fits in the Newcastle picture.

Emil Krafth– will see better days than at Norwich

The Chronicle have interviewed the 34-year-old about his compatriot and got some insight into what we can expect from Krafth.

This is what Larsson has said about how he thinks Krafth compares with his two former Sunderland teammates:

“I think he is different a little bit to them.

“With DeAndre, he is super fast, we all know that. His strongest attribute is his pace.

“I think Emil is a stronger defender. He is better defensively, which is always helpful in the Premier League.

“I would say he is a little stronger than those two. He is not as quick, certainly as DeAndre going forward, but he is not a slow guy.

“I am pleased he has got an opportunity. Do I think he will jump straight in and make that spot his own?

“I feel like it will take a little bit of time to bed in.”

This goes along with what we have heard from various reports on the type of player Emil is. We saw some of his ability at Norwich though it does appear that it was too soon for him in that game.

The Norwich game will have been an unfair game to judge Emil on. We would also expect that Javier Manquillo will come in at Tottenham. As Larsson has said, it will take time for the right-back to get settled and bedded in.

Here are some more comments about Krafth from Larsson about how Krafth should perform once he adapts to the Premier League.

“I think he has the attributes to do well.

“He is a very powerful guy which is always useful in the Premier League. He is a strong lad, built very well. He doesn’t mind getting involved in the physical side of the game, and he has a good engine on him.

“I think that will always help in the Premier League, especially early on when you are trying to adapt.

“The Premier League is a lot more physical than other European leagues. Those things will stand him in good stead.

“He is a good guy. He has his feet firmly on the ground. When a Premier League club comes knocking it is a no-brainer, and I don’t think he has hesitated to go.”

It was certainly a trial by fire for Emil at Norwich. That match will not be an accurate indicator of what we can expect from him. The whole team performance was lacking and the defense was especially disorganized.

We still have faith that Emil will be a solid right-back for Newcastle. It’s just going to take some time for him to adapt to the league and his new surroundings.

73 comments so far

  • toon22

    Aug 22, 2019 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #1

    See the PR ?

    Unless you turn up and buy a season ticket your not a fan ?
    Blaming the fans again

    It’s never Jabbas fault

  • Just a fan

    Aug 22, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #2

    If the boycotters are all like Benji it will soon implode

  • toon22

    Aug 22, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Hiya JIB

    KBA on overdrive it seems

    Let’s just ignore the last 13 years ?

  • toon22

    Aug 22, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Best thing for us toon fans is to shut up and swallow the rubbish on offer

  • Jib

    Aug 22, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #5

    toon22 – us toon fans

    Ha ha ha

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 22, 2019 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Time for the debaters to vacate the premises. The repetitive frog is back.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 22, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Hows haymarket looking frog?

  • Genjikai

    Aug 22, 2019 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Its not for us here and now, its for the future generations to come.
    If people cant see that then they never will.
    Lets just all accept Ashley will rule forever then.

    There is a different way. There is a group that is growing. Working to overturn ashley.
    Get in contact with them.
    Is the website when it gets up and running. All your info will be there if you want to know more.

    Tsunki, OLG, Toon22
    genjikai.nufc@gmail.com get intouch.

    Tsunki i wont ask again.

    To all just know our paths will cross, its the choices we make who make us who we are.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 22, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #9


    We’ve spoke about this before and never called each other over it.

    You may have missed the 2 week build up of what’s unfolding…

    I’d say a large portion of people on match days dont care, they’re also not Nufc fans. They’re overseas students, day trippers etc. You must me aware of the change in your fellow fans around you.

    I know and you know boycotting wont affect Ashley or the clubs finances enough to force him out. However it may draw enough attention to force change that safeguards the clubs future.

    I had a go at Posada yesterday, I was quite kind considering what I wanted to say to him and it wasn’t about him attending matches.

    2 weeks ago he came on slagging TMG off and anyone who protests or boycotts. Said they were responsible for the arguments the divide between fans etc. Hes then spent the last 2 weeks doing exactly what he claims TMG and others have been doing.

    The shite he’s posted about his fellow fans is a embarrassment but he’ll twist it and try to turn the tables.

    I dont want to get into it to much but Genj put it best a few weeks ago, Ashley said in 2006 “Nufcs best asset has, is and always be its fans”
    He bought the club to take advantage and exploit our loyalty.

    At the last private TMG meeting when we spoke most wanted to Boycott Leicester, I was vocally against it.

    My points were we didn’t want to alienate fans, cause more of a divide and we’d be better continuing our protests and leave boycotting for now and concentrate our attentions too SD. Which is what we’ve decided on.

    If I asked you to boycott Watford you’d say no, if I ask you to boycott a match at xmas you may say no at first but I know youd consider it for the greater good.

    Fighting amongst each other wont get Ashley out but I cant say nothing to bloggers who tell half truths misrepresent what others have said and are generally here to stir.

    I look forward to the day we share some of the devils lettuce and laugh about these shit days.

    #BoycottAshley #ashleyout

  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 22, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #10

    I guess it depends how strongly people feel about Ashley. I can’t imagine anyone loves him and thinks he’s the best owner however plenty think it could be worse.

    There are clubs falling out of existence or plummeting down the leagues like Sunderland, Bury, Bolton and Portsmouth. Then there are clubs like Wolves, Leicester, Spurs who have recently tried to steadily build something and really progress.

    It’s where people draw the line with what they can take.

  • Jib

    Aug 22, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #11

    I know and you know boycotting wont affect Ashley or the clubs finances enough to force him out. However it may draw enough attention to force change that safeguards the clubs future.

    What does that even mean ?

    Please expand

  • Sack Llambias

    Aug 22, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Jail has always been the same – I first banned him long before he started posting on here. He used to be a figure of fun, laughing at him and not with him. He’s become a bit of a low life type since frequenting the Strawberry so he had to go.
    Jib is Jib, good value from way back. Yous/ Hughes…….
    Feb 17, 2018 at 7:00 AM
    Comment #136
    Full Post

    Ian Toon
    Oct 2, 2016 at 5:53 PM
    Comment #29
    Jail I can remember the time when the blog was full of team selections and you used to say it was kids all on half term. Beattie who was a quality football knowledgeable blogger would have accused you of dumbing down the blog. I view it as you trying to maintain your limited football market share.
    You don’t need to be so defensive with me. Try listening to BandB she gives good advice but you profess not to follow what she’s saying. Maybe that’s the real problem a lack of retention or just accepting what you want to hear.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 22, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #13


    The way our finance is set up two years in the championship will finish the club.

  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 22, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #14

    #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    You’re comment

    “I know and you know boycotting wont affect Ashley or the clubs finances enough to force him out. However it may draw enough attention to force change that safeguards the clubs future.”

    What’s the plan for how this will be achieved? I would agree this is something vital. The same way that there are heritage sites, listed buildings, etc where we protect things of historical importance. Football clubs have grown with cities, towns and communities, they are woven into the fabric of an area and into generations of families.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 22, 2019 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #15


    If it was someone who gave a toss about the club asking that question I’d be happy to expand.

    Saying it’s a shit stirrer like you I’ll walk the dog instead.

  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 22, 2019 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #16

    #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    I’m not sure if that’s true about 2 years in the championship. I can’t say we know enough to know if that’s true. But didn’t you say the other day (apologies if not you), that Ashley would be happy for us to spend time in the championship?

  • hibbit

    Aug 22, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #17

    So the 3 wise men of the blog have passed a degree if you don’t have a ST and/or don’t live in the UK your not a fan,
    that is the point Bills that is the point !!!!!

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 22, 2019 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Repost – missed the bus significantly

    Bills “Staying in the Prem and maintaining 50,000 crowds is the single biggest reason why we might still attract the cash spending billionaire new owner that we all want”

    We have attracted them, but Ashley hasn’t wanted to sell.

    We collectively need to make the difference – show him that selling is the only viable option, because if he doesn’t then he’s going to be derided in the press, shown to be a clown and a charlatan and lose any and all respectability he has left.

    The protests are not meant to be setting one fan against another, they’re meant to be leveraging Ashley to sell to the next available buyer.

    Surely this is something we can all get behind, even if some of us can’t not go to the game. Unity of purpose is what’s required, not one side turning on the other.

    Those who go should applaud those who don’t, those who don’t go should encourage those who do to make twice as much noise when in the ground than they otherwise would, to make up for the fact they won’t be there.

    This petty bickering is getting us nowhere. We need to acknowledge our differences but recognise that we have a common aim, and that is our club being removed from under the cloud which is Ashley. We won’t do it while we’re fragmented, we need to move forward together.

    Apologies Bill’s, I don’t mean to single you out, just thought I could use your words to make a point, no offence meant.

  • martoon

    Aug 22, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #19

    toon22 – you really are becoming a figure of fun on this blog – yes Bobby, Genjikai, Tsunki and myself may be having a heated debate about ST’s and attending matches but somehow in your twisted mind that means we work for PR – go figure? Try joining in the debate with something interesting instead of repetitive fantasist assertions!

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 22, 2019 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #20

    I think all passionate folk should get themselves to the next Magpie Group meeting. I’m sure there’s room there for all opinions. They’re not a group dedicated to boycotts but to the removal of Ashley and those who are dedicated to continue going to the game need to have their voice heard at that forum, just as much as those who want the ground to be empty.

    It’s just two sides of the same coin, at the end of the day. The middleground is where we can find unity of purpose and start to make strides in our true cause.


  • Markaccus

    Aug 22, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #21


    In reply to much earlier (I think it was you). I’d probably go for longstaff to play more advanced. He seems the slightly quicker between him and Shelvey. I’d still rather Bruce played with an actual attacking mf in there.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 22, 2019 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #22


    He’ll be happy for one season, anything after that panic stations, that’s the gamble he takes.

    £144m in debt, how much more will another relegation add?

    Soon the club will owe its value to Ashley.

    Hes gambling with the clubs future every season and every season we get closer to the abyss.

    We’re currently giving tickets away to hide the problem, we laugh at the mackems and we have a ticket for the same ride.

    A lot bury their head over the finances but I guarantee if the TV money goes so will the club unless someone finances it from their pocket.

    We have no safety net because Ashley chooses not to maximize our commercial income.

    We are in the same position Leeds were in, without CL money they were screwed, without Sky money we’re screwed. The same Leeds people keep saying the dont want us to end up like

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 22, 2019 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #23

    Rob @20

    I’ve said before, fans who still attend matches come and are a active part of meetings.

    Quite a lot walked from SD to SJP and stood outside protesting until kick off.

    The thing we all agree on is we want Ashley out asap.

  • Genjikai

    Aug 22, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #24

    if you are going to use a tiny section of a paragraph to make your point at least read the context of the paragraph.
    You are like bobby and posada, you clearly don’t read peoples posts
    “Support the team not the regime is a lie people tell themselves cause they cant face the fact they are to
    blame for not making a stand. Maybe your 50,60,70, been going for twice as long as ive been alive,
    You are taken that away from me, you are taken what youve had away from the future toon supporters, you are signing up the future generations up to ashleys regime. Your signing my kids up to it, and when ive got to explain to them about ashley ill have to tell them i did stand up,but the older generation had seen it all before and knew better and didnt think they could do out.
    Its beyond a joke now”

  • Jib

    Aug 22, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Hellas Verona and Utrecht both want to sign Achraf Lazaar

  • IrishRob

    Aug 22, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #26

    G…… if it’s not you I apologise and it was big misunderstanding, maybe I’m confusing you with someond else on here who uses a Minion avatar. Its all good!!

  • big bob

    Aug 22, 2019 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #27

    When you say real fans will always support the club so when Ossie was in charge we had 13000 at Charlton if I remember correctly so are we saying we only have 13000 real fans
    If you want mediocrity nufc is right up your street me personally I was like the sheep on here going to gives because of the craic weekend football enjoyment but Ashley sucked that out of the club it became a bore a chore and in the end passion will blind you for the greater good of nufc

  • toon22

    Aug 22, 2019 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Hiya JIB and his many pro Jabba alts

    It’s never Jabbas fault

  • toon22

    Aug 22, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #29

    Hiya Martoon

    Sorry don’t care

  • toon22

    Aug 22, 2019 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #30

    The reason the PR are trying to say your not a fan unless you buy a ST and turn up at the ground ?

    Newcastle United set for LOWEST crowd of Mike Ashley era with just 15,000 fans expected to watch Carabao Cup clash with Leicester City


    Newcastle United are bracing themselves for the lowest crowd of the Mike Ashley era when they face Leicester City in the Carabao Cup next week – even though Steve Bruce is promising to play his strongest XI.

    Around 20,000 seats remain on sale for the second round tie but large sections of St James’ Park are not open, including the upper tiers of the Gallowgate and Milburn stands.

    It means the attendance is in danger of dipping below the 15,805 who watched an FA Cup third-round replay against Plymouth Argyle in January, 2010.

  • toon22

    Aug 22, 2019 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #31

    We arnt stupid

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 22, 2019 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #32



    The reason the clubs finances worry me more atm is the state of his other businesses.

    He says he wont take the loan back, hes actually took over 40m out in last few seasons.

    He says he wont put money in, we know he does when he needs to, my worry now is can he afford to?

    With all the other troubles he has can he actually afford to act if/when he needs to.

    I’m genuinely concerned

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 22, 2019 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Our club’s future in Ashley’s ownership is anything but secure. If you look at the state of his other business finances; no auditor will touch him, HoF, Debenhams losses, and an apparent oversight of a £600 million tax bill, then if you think Nufc finances are squeaky you are very naive indeed!
    The big question, “where’s the money gone”, still hasn’t been answered and if we can’t afford to renovate the training centre because of our commitment to buying players (£30 million), then to use a technical term, we’re fcked!
    So don’t be surprised if we finish up with the Mackems in the 3rd division!

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 22, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #34

    I didn’t see your post before posting mine but obviously share your sentiments!

  • Genjikai

    Aug 22, 2019 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Theres Newcastle finances for all to see

  • toon22

    Aug 22, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #37


    Remember its the fans fault all of this

  • toon22

    Aug 22, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #38


    Giving away tickets is the same first step the Mackems took to where they are now
    Jabba will watch us crash and burn to save his tat shops

  • posada

    Aug 22, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Right. They have had a private meeting of TMG.
    How many people would that be.

    The last public meeting only had 30 people there.

    My guess would be about 8.

  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 22, 2019 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #40

    In relation to comment #24 by Genjikai

    Can I just reiterate that people on this blog read the whole comment and actually understand the message rather than nitpicking little sections.

    Amazing how many times already I have been accused of something when people haven’t read the whole post.

    You think some of you lot were journalists, the amount of times yous take things out of context.


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