Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of Sweden international Emil Krafth.
The 25-year-old joins the Magpies from Amiens on an undisclosed fee, signing an initial four-year contract with the club.
The defender becomes Newcastle’s fourth recruit of the summer, following Joelinton, Jetro Willems and Allan Saint-Maximin to St. James’ Park.
Krafth started 33 games for Amiens last season, coming off the bench twice, scoring once and assisting once, as per WhoScored.
He averaged 1.6 tackles, 0.6 interceptions, 2.3 clearances and 0.3 blocks per game for Amiens, showing that he can be a useful defensive player – he is also 184cm tall, which can help him win aerial duels, as he did 1.3 times per game last season.
The Swede is fairly reserved, having made 0.5 key passes, 0.2 dribbles and 0.4 crosses per game last season, highlighting he can perhaps be considered an option when Newcastle are expecting to be up against it.
With Steve Bruce stating that he wants to play a back three, as reported by The Mirror, Krafth could even be considered an option as a right-centre-back, rather than being a wing-back, due to his lack of attacking contributions.
Bruce wanted another defender through the door and that is what he has got with Krafth, as he likely won’t offer much going forward, but could help defensively.
He also has the attributes to switch between right-centre-back and right-back, depending on whether Bruce is playing three or four at the back – versatility which could be useful for the Newcastle boss.
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