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Newcastle: Nearing the completion of Emil Krafth signing

Newcastle: Nearing the completion of Emil Krafth signing - Newcastle United

Newcastle United are closing in on the signing of Sweden international Emil Krafth, as reported by The Chronicle.

The Amiens right-back has arrived at Newcastle’s training base in Benton to finalise a transfer to St. James’ Park.

The man who has represented Sweden 20 times, started 33 Ligue 1 games for Amiens last season, coming on as a substitute twice, scoring one goal and assisting once, as per WhoScored.

He made 1.6 tackles, 0.6 interceptions, 2.3 clearances and 0.3 blocks per game, while making 0.5 key passes, 0.2 dribbles and 0.4 crosses per game.

The 25-year-old will likely face competition from DeAndre Yedlin and Javier Manquillo for the starting spot on the right side of defence.

For context, Yedlin started 28 Premier League games and came off the bench once last season, scoring one goal and assisting twice.

He also made 1.9 tackles, 1 interception, 2.4 clearances, and 0.3 blocks, while completing 1 key pass, 0.3 dribbles and 0.6 crosses per game.

In addition, Javier Manquillo started 12 league games and made six substitute appearances last season, making three assists.

He averaged 1.5 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 2.7 clearances and 0.1 blocks per game, while also completing 0.5 key passes, 0.3 dribbles and 0.2 crosses per game.

Looking at the statistics, it seems as though Krafth will be embroiled in a battle with Manquillo to decide who will be second choice, rather than Yedlin to be the main man.

This makes it slightly difficult to understand why the Magpies are specifically going for him, but he is another defender in through the door.

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