Newcastle full-back Emil Krafth will head back to Tyneside in good spirits after securing back-to-back World Cup qualifying wins and clean sheets with Sweden.
The 27-year-old played the full 90 minutes at right-back in last night’s 2-0 win against Greece. That came after a 3-0 win against Kosovo three days prior which also saw Krafth complete the full 90.
Sweden sit top of their World Cup qualifying group, two points ahead of Nation League finalists Spain with two games remaining.
Krafth will target Newcastle recall
Fresh after making his 35th cap for his country, Krafth will be heading back to a completely different Newcastle United.
Like many Newcastle players, there will be a huge buzz about the takeover, but also concerns regarding their long-term futures at a club that will be embarking on a new era.
Krafth will be eager to impress the new owners, but it’s hard to see where that chance is going to come from.
The Swede has only played nine minutes of Premier League football since his start against West Ham on the opening weekend of the new season.
Jacob Murphy and Javier Manquillo look to be ahead of him in the pecking order, but that could all change when a new manager inevitably comes in to replace Steve Bruce.
All Krafth can do is keep his head down in training and grab his opportunity if and when it comes.
During the international break, Krafth’s partner gave birth to a baby boy.
With his contract expiring in 2023 (Transfermarkt), Krafth, like the majority of the Newcastle team, will be playing for his future, but it could well mean that we see the best of the former Amiens man as a result.
One area that Krafth could be a huge asset to the club is if he could play the role as ‘Agent Krafth’ and convince his talented compatriots Emil Forsberg and Alexander Isak to join the Newcastle revolution.