Out new signing, Yoshinori Muto is not a prolific goalscorer, and he has already said his goal for next season is to score 10 goals which he has never achieved outside of Japan.
But he is good technically and a typical Rafa Benitez type of player – keen to learn and a hard worker in both training and during games.
Muto is keeping fit as he wraps up his visa work and could be on the bench on Saturday when we take on Tottenham at home in the first game of the season.
Rafa Benitez with new signing Yoshinori Muto
This is what Rafa has said about the 26-year-old as reported in the Chronicle today:
“Hopefully he will score goals for us.”
“Maybe he is not a player that will score 20 goals for us every year but maybe next year he can do it.”
“He’s somebody who has a great attitude.”
“When I met him you can see a clever player who has focus.”
“We have to see how he feels and the understanding between players and then decide.
“The idea is obviously to bring players in to compete.”
“When I asked him what he was doing the other day he gave me all the details about the training session he was doing.”
“So that is quite positive.”
We should be signing Salomon Rondon on loan from West Brom soon with Dwight Gayle going the other way – as long as Dwight is willing to do that.
And we suppose Gayle stays on his current Newcastle wages at West Brom.
Mo Diame is fit and can play against Tottenham on Saturday after he was taken off in the first half as a precaution against FC Augsburg on Saturday.
That’s good news.