Newcastle United are getting close to completing the signing of Swedish international defender Emil Krafth, according to French outlet Courrier picard.
It is reported the 25-year-old was allowed to miss Amiens’ friendly against Leganes so that he could ensure a deal was completed before the deadline for Premier League clubs.
This move would see Krafth become Newcastle’s sixth signing of the summer transfer window.
Krafth made 33 league starts for Amiens last season, coming off the bench twice, scoring one goal and assisting another, as per WhoScored.
Throughout the campaign, he averaged 1.6 tackles, 0.6 interceptions, 2.3 clearances and 0.3 blocks per game, while only making 0.5 key passes, 0.2 dribbles and 0.4 crosses.
In contrast, DeAndre Yedlin started 28 league matches last season, making one appearance off the bench, scoring once and assisting twice.
He averaged 1.9 tackles, 1 interception, 2.4 clearances and 0.3 blocks per game, while playing 1 key pass, 0.3 dribbles and 0.6 crosses on average.
This highlights that Krafth is a more reserved option than the USMNT international, as his numbers in the attacking phase didn’t stack up.
Having two right-backs at the club who have different approaches could prove to be a very useful tactical tool for Steve Bruce. And with Javi Manquillo possibly leaving St. James’ Park, according to Chronicle Live, the former Sheffield Wednesday boss could probably do with another right-back in general.
There may be times where he wants to change system or switch between attacking and defensive approaches between games, so with full-backs holding greater prominence in the modern game (something touched upon by The Telegraph back in 2017) it is important he has an option for both scenarios – completing the signing of Krafth would result in him having this.
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