Wed 15 Nov 2023, 11:42 · Ash Harrison

‘It depends’: £5m Newcastle man is happy at the club but is uncertain what his future holds

‘It depends’: £5m Newcastle man is happy at the club but is uncertain what his future holds
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Emil Krafth has been speaking to the media while on international duty with Sweden and has spoken about his future at Newcastle United.

Swedish fullback Emil Krafth has just made his return to fitness after a 14-month injury layoff after suffering an ACL injury in the Carabao Cup last August.

The injury could not have come at a worse time for the 29-year-old as he'd just proven himself to Eddie Howe, and indeed the Newcastle fans towards the end of the 2021/22 season when he was called on to replace Kieran Trippier after the skipper picked up a knock.

Newcastle fans gave Emil Krafth the nickname of Krafu

Krafth's performances during that run in the side shocked Newcastle fans who gave him the nickname Krafu. It looked like Eddie Howe had managed to bring the best out of him, but then the injury put him out of commission for over a year.

Emil Krafth
Emil Krafth moments before the injury that ruled him out for over a year

Eddie Howe has wasted no time in utilising Krafth now that he's back to full fitness. Similarly, neither has Sweden who have immediately called up Krafth to the international set up.

Swedish site, fotbollskanalen, spoke to Krafth about his future at Newcastle with his contract being up in the summer, and whether he's be talking to other clubs about a pre-contract agreement in January.

Krafth's future is up in the air after such a long spell out injured

“I haven’t thought about it yet. It depends a bit on what the club wants and signals, but they haven’t signalled anything so far.

"We’ll see. My family and I enjoy Newcastle very well, so we can imagine staying. We would love to stay.”

After being sidelined for a year and unable to prove himself, it would seem harsh to simply let Krafth go, but football is a cruel game at times and Newcastle do need to be looking to recruit top-class players which leaves no room for sentimentality.

I'm sure Howe will give the £5million signing from Amiens every opportunity to earn a new contract if he feels he's up to the standard, which to be fair, he's shown he is. Even on his return to the side he kept a clean sheet alongside Paul Dummett in the 3-0 win over Manchester United.