Report – Rafa Returns For A Striker Lower Down On His List

Newcastle were first linked with 26-year-old Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto in March of this year, and it seems that Newcastle may be interested again in signing the Japanese International striker.

Bild is reporting that Newcastle are interested in the striker.

And unfortunately, it seems Rafa has had to go down his list of strikers this summer, and Rafa will not be getting one that was high on his list.

26-year-old Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto

Muto made one short sub appearances for Japan in the World Cup, and the Mainz Sporting Director Rouven Schroder has said there is some interested from England:

“Of course he would have increased his market value even more if he had played more and scored goals,”

“There are inquiries, but so far no concrete offer!”

“The British (he means the English) were sitting in front of the TV until the end of the World Cup,” 

The report suggests that Newcastle and West Ham are the two interested Premier League clubs.

Muto has been playing for Mainz in the Bundesliga for the last three seasons, and in that time he’s played 72 times with 23 goals and 11 assists for the German club.

Before that, he was at his hometown club FC Tokyo where he played 61 games with 26 goals and 5 assists over a couple of seasons.

Muto is said to be valued at around £14M by his German club, and that’s a fee Newcastle may be able to afford for a striker we still desperately need for next season.

If Rafa Benitez rates the player, then going after him is fine and Muto’s stats in Germany, which is a physical league much like the Premier League, look reasonable.

But we’re sure Muto wasn’t near the top of Rafa’s striker list for this summer.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • The American

    Jul 19, 2018 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #1

    I would be pleased with this signing. He’s impressed me most every time he’s been on the pitch at Mainz.

  • awaydays

    Jul 19, 2018 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Doesn’t seem to be very prolific think I’d rather rondon works his socks off every game with decent service will score more than any of strikers last year … not much to beat though I guess

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 19, 2018 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Why is it that the hacks always say us a Wet Spam are in for every single player?

    Lazy journalism or just cack.

  • awaydays

    Jul 19, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Everton are usually mentioned in there too. Never know if they list every player out there they might finally find one we are actually after

  • G

    Jul 19, 2018 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Mainz are not a team I have spent a great deal of time watching, although I do watch a fair bit of Bundesleague, but from what I remember of him, he has that attribute that Rafa seems to be big fan of, and that he can play with his back to the goal. Maybe this one isn’t as far fetched as the source would have us believe?

  • c-dog

    Jul 19, 2018 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Self-sufficiency comes at a price, least our finances are in great shape. Praying there’s a big burst in the football bubble and then we will reign supreme. Until then, survival is all we can strive for.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 19, 2018 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Just cack

  • awaydays

    Jul 19, 2018 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Judging off the basis we have no money we and only player sales as funds who can we actually get …
    Mbemba 8
    Mitro 20
    Sels comeback Aarons 5-6

    I’d bring in a wise head at the back as a backup and give yarney a chance if hes not loaned …
    Rondon on loan with an option to buy provided hes brings home the goods
    Backary sako who I think is a free agent as squad player
    And a quality cam
    Any left over funds could go towards either a back up left back or invest in some younger players seen as we’ve released some younguns

  • The American

    Jul 19, 2018 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #10


    While a 1 in 3 scoring record in he Bundesliga isn’t going to jaws and make you hold everything, that’s far better than what our strike force of Joselu and Gayle would do there. He also creates goals with the ball on his feet as well with some good passing as well.

    At least for me, that sounds more exciting than Rondon. At least our wingers who desperately hope to cross the ball into the box will have a target to hit if he sign Rondon. Not sure if I have anything more positive to say about that signing.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 19, 2018 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #11

    What’s the score with a potential loan rather than sale for Mitro? He’s essentially a walking bag of loot as far as NUFC is concerned now, so is Ashley keeping funds out of Rafa’s hands purposefully, thinking he could give the money (or a usable striker) to Rafa’s replacement?

    Or is Rafa trying to keep the money he represents out of the St James’ Holdings bank accounts so it can’t be claimed by Ashley against his debt?

    Or are we playing brinkmanship, trying to squeeze more cash out of Fulham, who have their own very rich owner these days.

    I wish stuff was just straightforward. Keegan had to sell to buy – sold Cole, bought Tino for eg – but at least him and SJH operated with one purpose.

  • Mag52

    Jul 19, 2018 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #12

    There is a young striker in Mainz
    (Where Germans make very fine wines).
    He comes from Japan
    And maybe we can
    Add him to our collection of 9s.

  • hibbit

    Jul 19, 2018 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #13
  • G

    Jul 19, 2018 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #14

    RobLennio “I wish stuff was just straightforward. Keegan had to sell to buy – sold Cole, bought Tino”. I prefer to think of that particular deal as getting Keith Gillespie and Les Ferdinand paid for by Manyoo. I think there is also an argument for Paul Kitson being financed, but let’s not talk about that one eh?!

  • ToonRich

    Jul 19, 2018 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Someone correct me here…but shouldnt the SKY money be seen as ‘generated by the club’ and therefore should be fully available to Rafa??!

  • DaveD1000

    Jul 19, 2018 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #16

    whats the worst that could happen? toon get huffy and refuse to talk to the Chron? lol about time the started going in hard.

  • DaveD1000

    Jul 19, 2018 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #17


  • lesh

    Jul 19, 2018 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #18


    You ask whether Ashley’s keeping funds out of Rafa’s hands purposefully, thinking he could give the money (or a usable striker) to Rafa’s replacement? Short answer, probably!

    Why? Because the bustard’s prepared, yet again, to gamble with relegation rather than take a sensible approach to running the club as advocated by Rafa!

  • lesh

    Jul 19, 2018 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #19


    It all depends on how you and Ashley define the word generated! I’ve said many times that Ashley’s friend Bishop’ll have vetted his utterances using ambiguous language that’s designed to convey one message but mean another!

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 19, 2018 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #20

    RIP Danny Kirwan (8 June 2018)

  • Geordie-john

    Jul 19, 2018 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #21

    It’s another Ashley take it or leave it situation for Rafa. Won’t pay for the top of the list stuff but might consider a cut price bargain basement might be. We will lose Rafa and could blame him after listening to the twat’s false promises every window.


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