We have been quite impressed with Emil Krafth since his arrival on transfer deadline day. His signing was a little overshadowed by the return of Andy Carroll as he made his move from Ligue 1 club Amiens.
His transfer saga was also a drawn-out affair as he had just joined Amiens on a permanent transfer this summer after spending a season on loan there. However, Emil was very keen on joining Newcastle, and it looks like Newcastle really saw something in the 25-year-old Swedish international.
He has come into the side and made an immediate impact. After a poor start against Norwich, Emil has significantly improved over his next three starts. For the moment, he has claimed the right-back position as his own.
While it often takes time for players to adapt to the Premier League, Krafth’s game seems well-suited to England. He certainly looks the part and everything that was said about him as a player appears to be accurate.
Emil is a solid player who has shown his technical ability and is also an astute defender.
He gave an interview in the Chronicle in which he has spoken about his time at Newcastle since his arrival just three weeks ago.
This is what Krafth has said about already feeling settled in Newcastle:
“I really enjoy living in the North East already. I think it is a great city. “It’s a big city, but the people here are very kind to me.
“If you ask them something, they are always trying to help you. That is what I like about it.
“It has been a good few weeks for me here so far. The club, the fans, and the team have taken care of me really well. It has been really easy for me to come in.
“When you come into a country, and you can speak the language from the start it is easier to settle in. That helps you a lot.
“Compare that to when I was playing Italy and France it took more time to get settled. But here it has been really fast for me, so that is good.”
Settling quickly will definitely have helped him seamlessly blend into this squad. He just seems like such a good fit for the club and the city, so we are not surprised he is enjoying it so far.
Emil Krafth– settled quickly in the North East
Emil also commented on the Watford match and his belief that they deserved more that just the one point:
“We deserved more and with that little bit of luck, we could have all three points. I think the first goal for Watford was bad for us.”
“If we’d managed to avoid that we’d win the game. But even at 1-1 we looked strong and didn’t let us past us too many times. We came very close to scoring ourselves. We were just a little bit unlucky.
“Thankfully, the defenders can always come up for corners or set-pieces and offer a threat as well. We are a team, and it does not matter who scores.
“For my delivery, I just tried to get a cross in, and Fabian can finish. It was an important moment for us, but unfortunately, we could not get the three points we wanted.”
Emil did struggle early in the game to have a presence down the right flank. Most of Newcastle’s play was concentrated down the right with Christian Atsu and Jetro Willems.
However, Emil picked an opportune time to get in a dangerous delivery that eventually landed for Fabian Schar to strike into the net.
He was substituted late in the second half for Javier Manquillo. The Swede has explained the reason for that substitution:
“I feel good, but it was a tough week. The Spurs game was tough, but I had a little bit of pain against Leicester. I was just a little tired, that’s life.”
Krafth had played the full game away at Spurs and around 50 minutes against Leicester where he was substituted with a slight thigh problem.
Newcastle have a wealth of options at right-back currently, and Emil has been a fantastic addition to this squad.