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Steve Bruce signing keen to stay despite having been played out of position

7 months ago

Newcastle United have made 14 senior signings in Steve Bruce’s four transfer windows.

The whole thing kicking off with the bizarre £40m (Mike Ashley says £43m) purchase of Joelinton only six days after Bruce himself had arrived at St James Park.

That then followed by Jetro Willems on loan and Allan Saint-Maximin bought from Nice.

Signing number four was Emil Krafth from Amiens for £5m.

The Swedish defender started Steve Bruce’s opening season as first choice and was selected for five Premier League games by the end of September 2019. However, a 5-0 hammering at Leicester saw Emil Krafth totally sidelined, making only one further PL start until ending the stretched covid affected 2019/20 season with another five starting elevens in July 2020.

That process was largely repeated in the season just gone, a couple of PL starts early on in October 2020, before then only two more starting elevens before ending the season in the first team for 10 of the final 15 Premier League games.

Away with Sweden for the Euro 2020 finals, Emil Krafth has been asked by Swedish media about his career so far at Newcastle United and whether he will be still at St James Park for the 2021/22 season.

Emil Krafth talking to Fotbollskanalen:

“I assume that I will stay [at Newcastle United].

“I have two years left on my contract. As it looks now, I will stay 100 percent.

“You know that things can happen overnight when it comes to football but I thrive very well in the club and the city. I really want to stay.

“I feel that it has gone better and better [At Newcastle].

“We have changed the game system if look closely and it may not have suited me like a glove.

“I’m [usually] a right-back in a four-back line but in the beginning when I came to Newcastle I played as a wing back in a “five”.

“I’m not the full back who challenges my [opposition] player in that way, but I drive more on the overlap.

“It did not fit me like a glove, even though I played a lot when I arrived.

“But in the end I have played as one of three central defenders in a five back line and it becomes more of a full back role, it feels a bit more like my position.

“I may not go as offensive as I did in a four-back line but there are still opportunities to step up.”

‘What is the highlight for you so far in the Premier League?’

“I must say that it was when I scored my goal against Manchester City, I have to classify it as the highlight of my Premier League career.

“It was very special and being able to do it against a top team made it even more fun.”

I think Emil Krafth is an honest player who tries his best and I would guess to summarise, he isn’t a Premier League player but hasn’t done a terrible job filling in towards the end of last season, when playing as one of three central defenders.

However, just like as is the case with Steve Bruce, hopefully a takeover can happen and we can move on from having to rely on an honest not really up to the job tryer like Emil Krafth filling in, as Ashley crawls through another season.


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