Krafth feeling settled after summer Magpies’ move

Newcastle United

Emil Krafth is happy with the way that he has settled in at Newcastle despite acknowledging that the English top-flight is a "physical league".

The 25-year-old right-back was snapped up by Magpies’ boss Steve Bruce in a £5million deal from French Ligue 1 side Amiens during the transfer window.

And, while Krafth was not ready for the season-opening defeat against Arsenal, he has played in the following three matches.

Newcastle have picked up four points in those matches – a 1-0 win at Tottenham and 1-1 draw against Watford – to leave them sitting in 14th place in the embryonic Premier League table.

The former Helsingborgs and Bologna full-back has now had a first opportunity to reflect on his first month plying his trade in England after linking up with the Sweden national team.

And Krafth, who played the second half of his nation’s 4-0 Euro 2020 qualifying Group F win in the Faroe Islands on Thursday night, said: “It’s a physical league here in England. I knew that was coming. I’m very happy to be here, and I’m looking forward to playing a lot more games.”

On the Tynesiders’ dressing room, he added: “It’s an open team. Everybody talks to everybody. That, for me, is how it’s supposed to be. We’re a team, and we do this together. Everybody should talk to everybody. That’s how I feel.”

Krafth is now preparing for Sweden’s Euro 2020 qualification clash against rivals Norway at the Friends Arena in Stockholm on Sunday night.

However, he already has one eye on Newcastle’s next Premier League game when they travel to face early leaders and European champions Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday week, September 14.

Having helped the Magpies defeat Champions League finalists Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last month, it would be a real coup if Krafth et al can pick up a three-point haul at the expense of the Merseysiders.