Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce is facing a potentially pivotal January transfer window as he aims to improve on last season’s 13th place finish.
The recent 2-0 win over Crystal Palace sees the Magpies sit in the same place they finished last term and Bruce will want more.
Having signed Callum Wilson, Jamal Lewis, Jeff Hendrick and Ryan Fraser in the summer, the boss would love one or two more additions in January.
With that in mind, some players might have to clear their locker and depart St James’ Park to make way for new additions.
One man who is surely surplus to requirements at Newcastle and could be offloaded is defender Emil Krafth.
The right-back has started twice in the Premier League this season; in the win over Burnley and the defeat to Manchester United.
In three of the last five games he hasn’t even been named in the matchday squad and the jury remains out on the Swede.
Krafth signed for Newcastle in August 2019 for £5 million from French outfit Amiens.
The 26-year-old started 11 of the 38 Premier League games last season but was largely used as an option from the bench.
Bruce has chosen to deploy three at the back on occasions this season, with either Javier Manquillo or Jacob Murphy taking a place as the right wing-back.
Krafth doesn’t really suit that type of role and right now he’s in relative limbo in the North-East.
According to Spotrac, the man with 24 caps for Sweden is the club’s fourth highest-paid player on £57,000-a-week.
Bruce showcased in the summer that he is capable of adopting a shrewd style when it comes to new arrivals.
Now, he might need to do the same when it comes to getting players through the exit door.
If the opportunity arrives to sell Krafth and strengthen in other areas, it’s something Newcastle should definitely look at.