Sometimes we keep forgetting about Yoshinori Muto since he’s been away for about a month at the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
Muto helped Japan reach the final of that tournament, but they were beaten 3-1 by Qatar.
He made two starts and two sub appearances and scored against Uzbekistan in one of the initial Group F Games.
One of his sub appearances was in the final.
He has now played 29 times for Japan with 3 goals.
Yoshinori Muto – played well in Asian Cup
Seen scoring his first Newcastle goal at Old Trafford
So Muto should be fit and has had some games for his country.
We’ll see if he’s included in the squad for Monday night’s game at Wolves.
But the lad is always bright and cheerful and Rafa yesterday said this about the returning International in the lead-up to the Monday night game:
“He has been training. Been back three days. He is always running and smiling, he is fine.”
“He is in contention. Everyone is because they have all been training well.”
It’s an important game at Wolves because if we can win that game, it will be 4 wins in the last 6 games in all competitions.
We have already beaten Blackburn, Cardiff, and Manchester City in the previous 5 games.
Muto has had a difficult time of it so far this season, and one reason for that is he’s having difficulty with English.
That has affected him in training and in games.
Rafa will want him to do a crash course in English in the summer because this player can still be successful at Newcastle.
It would be great if he can score some goals for us in the final 13 games of the season.
With Almiron in the side, there should be a lot more chances created.