Emil Krafth joined Newcastle United in the final week of the summer transfer window from Ligue 1 outfit Amiens. The 25-year-old began making a name for himself in the 2016-17 Serie A campaign when he played for Bologna. Krafth is an aggressive wing-back with good vision, but he has struggled to adapt to the pace of English football.
Compared to the other players in his position at the club – Danny Rose, Javier Manquillo and DeAndre Yedlin – Krafth is the slowest of them all and has failed to have an impact in the 11 league appearances he made this season. Krafth is entering his prime years as a player, so finding clubs that would be interested in securing his services should not be a problem.
Seeing Florian Lejeune’s name pop up in this section might come as a surprise to many of you, but the Frenchman should be placed on the transfer list. When healthy, Lejeune is a reliable defender with good defensive awareness, and his vision with the ball at his feet is often underrated. That being said, why sell him?
Well, fans would be comfortable seeing Lejeune in the starting lineup, but the problem is the competition he faces. Jamaal Lascelles and Federico Fernandez have been playing at an elite level this season, and Fabian Schar and Ciaran Clark are also top players when injuries do not keep them on the sideline.
Newcastle United are blessed with the presence of quality defenders, both in the lineup and on the bench, but as it stands Lejeune is at the bottom of the pecking order in his position. As I mentioned earlier, it is not because he lacks quality to break into the team, but because the others around him are so talented that he is not given many chances to play regular minutes.