Emil Krafth gave an interview earlier in the week about how he already feels settled in the North East. He mentioned how it’s taken him less time to settle than when he moved to both Italy and France. It certainly is a big help that he is fluent in English.
Emil seems to like life in the North East so far. He also appears to be coming to grips with the rigors of the Premier League already. With four appearances for Newcastle in just a few short weeks, Emil hasn’t look out of place whatsoever.
Krafth is one of our players who are on international duty this week as he is in the Sweden squad for their Euro Qualifiers.
Emil has given an interview to the Swedish outlet Fotbollskanalen in which he talks about his first few weeks in Newcastle.
It was on July 24th that Emil traveled with Amiens to England to play Hull City in a pre-season friendly. That was when he had first heard of Newcastle’s interest in him as he found out scouts were there to watch him. This is what he said about Newcastle’s initial interest:
“The Premier League has always been a dream and now when the opportunity came there was nothing to talk about.
That’s when I found out about the interest, then Newcastle placed a bid, and the negotiations went on for a while before it became clear.”
Newcastle did send scouts to that game to watch Krafth as well as Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen. It took another two weeks before Emil would be holding the shirt as a Newcastle player.
When the 25-year-old joined Newcastle, he mentioned in his interview how he thought his game was suited for the Premier League. He cited the physicality of the French league as a trait that he felt would translate well to England. Emil also spoke to Fotbollskanalen about both leagues
but noted one crucial difference:
“They are two physical leagues so there is not much difference, but it is clear that the tempo and everything around it is higher.”
When Steve Bruce talked about his two forwards Joelinton and Yoshinori Muto getting acclimated to the English game, he commented on the difference in tempo between the different leagues. This is what Bruce said yesterday in the Chronicle:
“I have said it many times and no disrespect. I have been to France and Spain etc. At times you can fall asleep in terms of tempo.
“It is just a different tempo to what we play at.”
Steve Bruce is very good with the players, that much is apparent in his short time at the club so far. Emil was asked about his new head coach, and this is what he had to say:
“He is nice, I have not known him for so long, but he is a good guy walking around and joking with everyone. He is easy to deal with.”
Emil also touched upon his recent appearances for Newcastle where it looks like he has made right-back spot his own for the moment. This is what Emil revealed about his run of games in the side:
I didn’t think I could play as much as I did. Because I had no direct preseason in me either. I got a week in France, then I got hurt. It has felt good and I have come in well.
It was reported that Emil Krafth had returned to Sweden after Newcastle’s interest became public, but he may have just been suffering from a knock.
Mikael Lustig gets the call this evening for Sweden at right-back as they take on the Faroe Islands. Sweden next play Norway on Sunday.
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