While we still have some hope for Yoshinori Muto, we did an article yesterday on how we felt about the future of Jacob Murphy.
Jacob Murphy – has had little impact in a Newcastle shirt
Jacob Murphy and Yoshinori Muto are Newcastle’s two biggest transfers fee-wise over the past two summer windows. Both have failed to make much of an impact so far at the club.
We will see if Jacob Murphy gets another opportunity to play at St James Park. Most likely his failure to cement a first-team place on-loan at West Brom will mark the end of his Newcastle career.
Yoshinori Muto – has struggled to break through this season
Newcastle fans have had precious few opportunities to see Japanese international Yoshinori Muto this season. The £9.6M signing from Mainz has not featured much. He has failed to make much of an impact at all and has managed only 6 six shots all season.
While opportunities from the bench came early on along with four straight starts in late October through early November, he has played only 154 minutes in the League since. And that includes 90 minutes at Anfield on Boxing day.
Muto was on international duty with Japan for the Asian Cup in January. After which he was allowed to leave to be with his wife and their new daughter in Japan.
By the time he returned, the front three of Almiron, Rondon, and Perez were playing great and it was going to be hard for Muto to get on the pitch.
The fact that the two biggest summer signings of the past two summer transfer windows have failed to make it is a bit concerning. We wonder if this will be brought up by Ashley during his coming meetings with Rafa Benitez.
If it is used against Rafa by the club then it would be disgraceful. That the two highest transfers for a Premier League club during the crucial summer window are only in the £10M range is not a poor reflection of the manager.
It is a poor reflection on the hierarchy at Newcastle.