Kaveh Solhekol claims that his sources in the North-East say that Newcastle United are yet to table a bid for Amien’s right-back Emil Krafth.
However the Sky Sports journalist then shared what his sources closer to the Tyneside club said about Krafth as it would seem that no offer has been made as of yet for the Amiens full-back.
“Another source closer to the North-East is telling us that he is a player who Newcastle definitely are interested in. They are considering whether they should make a move for him,” Solhekol said live on Sky Sports News on Tuesday night [07:37pm].
“But we are being told that an official bid has not been made for him.”
If Newcastle want to sign a new right-back then they need to sign someone who would be a major upgrade on DeAndre Yedlin and Javier Manquillo. Neither of them are that highly-rated by the Newcastle supporters and it is certainly a weak point in the Magpies defence. Steve Bruce looks as though he has highlighted Krafth as an upgrade on Yedlin and Manquillo, but it’s just hard to see how he would be any better. According to stats by WhoScored, Krafth averaged fewer crosses and key passes per league appearance than Yedlin last season, which suggests that he has less of an impact in the attacking phases of play. Krafth also completed fewer tackles and interceptions per league outing last term than Yedlin and conceded more fouls and made fewer clearances on average than Manquillo. Is Krafth an upgrade? No, he is not. He has worse stats in a weaker league than two players who are hardly great for the Magpies as it is.