The 29-year-old right-back missed the majority of the last season due to a ligament injury and featured for only a minute in the Premier League as a result.


Krafth returned to action this month against Manchester United in the EFL Cup, where he turned out as a centre-back in Eddie Howe’s back four.




The Swedish international has previously played as a centre-back for his country, but stressed that he prefers to play as a right-back.


Krafth also stated that he feels more comfortable playing in a back five formation with Sweden rather than a back four, as in the latter formation he can be dragged into a more central role.



“I still consider myself a right-back”, Krafth, asked about his role with Sweden, told Swedish outlet Fotbollskanalen.


“I played centre-back in a back five under the previous coach and then you become a bit more of a right-back.



“You tackle a bit like a right-back.


“I’m a bit more comfortable with that, playing in a back five.


“In a back four line you end up more central.”


Krafth will be looking to continue to build up his game time when back at St James’ Park and could represent a valuable option for Eddie Howe over the busy Christmas period.