The right-back only arrived at St James’ Park in the summer of 2019 from French side Amiens for a fee of around £5m and signed a four-year deal. However, the 24-cap Sweden international has struggled to establish himself under Steve Bruce amid competition from DeAndre Yedlin and Javier Manquillo.
Krafth made just 11 starts and 17 appearances in the Premier League in total last term, and he struggled to make much of a positive impression, averaging just 1.1 tackles and 0.5 interceptions per game (Sofascore). Both Manquillo and Yedlin exceeded him for those metrics in 2019/20.
The 26-year-old has handed just his fifth Premier League start of the season by Bruce against Arsenal on Monday night, his first appearance since the 5-2 defeat at Leeds United back in mid-December (Sofascore). Krafth failed to take his chance to impress, often being beaten too easily and losing the ball 11 times, whilst also offering poor quality from his crosses (Sofascore).
It has now emerged that Istanbul Başakşehir could be a potential destination for him to end up at this month, with the Magpies potentially set to cash in on the right-back, according to reports from Turkey shared by Chronicle Live.
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleNUFC) January 19, 2021
Newcastle fans react as Krafth linked with Istanbul move
Many Newcastle fans are hoping that this report proves to be accurate and that the defender will secure a move away from the club this month, with plenty not convinced by the performances he has produced for the Magpies.
They can have him for free
— Sean the Essex Geordie (@essex_sean) January 19, 2021
A good news story for nufc fans. The bloke is hopeless in every regard. What a waste of 5 miilion quid. https://t.co/HXjUucOWa6
— Robbie (@RobbieGreeen) January 19, 2021
He started yesterday when our other options were fit. Not wanted now? 🤯 https://t.co/KGKrcze4xr
— Bobby Gibson (@bobbynufcgibson) January 19, 2021
So typical of us, selling in a window we need to recruit 😤😤
— Martin Bell (@martinbell828) January 19, 2021
Been another good signing from our scouting team
— panderson (@panderson220275) January 19, 2021
Some good news for once
— LM1892 (@lmcg1978) January 19, 2021
One bit of good news.
— Two Rash Challenges Podcast (@rash_podcast) January 19, 2021
— Peter Gallagher (@peter_gallagher) January 19, 2021
Please let this be true.
One of the worst RBs I've ever seen play for us.
— Mouth of the Tyne (@ToonMouthTyne) January 19, 2021