Newcastle’s full-back/center-back Emil Krafth has given an interview to Fotboll Skanalen about his current situation at Newcastle.
Krafth has battled courageously through a serious injury he picked up a year last August – a seriously ruptured ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament), and when made his comeback and played at Manchester United with Paul Dummett in central defense in the last round of the Carabao Cup – they both played brilliantly.
It says something about a player when he can come back after 14 months out in the cold, and put in an excellent performance at Old Trafford against the Red Devils’ first team.
Cetainly Krafth’s character and determination are both first class.
The 42 times capped Swedish defender has been with Newcastle since August, four years ago, but he has had injury problems in his time on Tyneside.
Krafth has made only 66 appearances in that time with a single goal.
This is what he recently told Fotboll Skanalen:
“I haven’t reflected on it that much, as my focus has been on coming back and playing football. Then you have to take it as it comes,”
“It is clear that you talk a little, but not especially. It’s not something I focus on. I just want to come back and play football. What happens, happens and then you have to take it. We are enjoying ourselves very much in Newcastle.”
“I haven’t thought about it yet. It depends a bit on what the club wants and signals, but they haven’t signaled anything so far. We’ll see.”
“My family and I enjoy Newcastle very well, so we can imagine staying. We would love to stay.”
Kraft’s contract runs out next summer and it’s an open question whether he will get a contract extension.
New signing Tino Lavramento is now the deputy to Kieren Tripper at right back and we are looking to bring in a new young center-back as a long-term replacement for Fabian Schar.
But you could also make a good case for Krafth, that when he has played for Newcastle, he has done very well – but his injury record is not good.
Do you think Krafth will get a contract extension before next summer?
Let us know in the comments and the reasons why.