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Emil Krafth claims change made by Eddie Howe 'suits' Newcastle better

Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe has received praise from Newcastle fans and pundits. But the players he’s currently managing are also speaking highly of how he’s resurrected the club. Emil Krafth has recently spoken about the Magpies boss and the changes that have improved the squad.

In an interview with BBC Newcastle, Krafth highlighted the change in the style of play. The Sweden international believes that it has been key a factor in the Magpies turning their season around.

“The manager has been very positive for us,” Krafth said.

“If you compare us like when I was here in the beginning, we were more defensive and stick to our shape. Here, with the new manager, we want to press high and he wants to win the ball higher, and I think that suits us more.”

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Krafth is one of many Newcastle players to have shown visible improvement under Howe

When the previous manager Steve Bruce was in charge, many players in the squad seemed to regress. On top of that, many of his new signings didn’t add much quality to the squad.

Krafth joined in the summer of 2019 from Amiens for £5million (BBC Sport). This was Bruce’s first transfer window as Newcastle boss, but the right-back failed to make much of an impact.

Although it took a while to get into the side, Krafth looks vastly improved under Howe. With top performances against Wolves and Leicester recently, he’s certainly earning his place in the starting XI.

Furthermore, the changes made by Howe tactically allow the Toon to press more. In the two games mentioned previously, Krafth has been able to show his attacking capabilities.

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The defensive style that saw the Magpies sit back worked wonders under Rafa Benitez. The Spaniard drilled his defence very well and had them extremely disciplined. Whilst Bruce tried a similar style, the lack of discipline and structure saw them leak goals.

Also, it suggests that the recruitment of players from the club didn’t have the system in mind. Seeing how well Krafth has done for Howe, he clearly wasn’t being utilised well at all by Bruce.

For some Newcastle fans, Krafth would’ve been on the list of players they would like to see leave the club. But with the way he’s been playing, you feel many will want to retract those statements.

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