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Former Player Impressed With Newcastle – Dazzled By New Signing

Former Newcastle and England striker Michael Owen has been predicting this weekend’s Premier League games on Betvictor.com.

He’s liked what he has seen so far from our new signing Yoshinori Muto, and the Japanese International had a good game at Old Trafford in his first start for Newcastle.

Newcastle were buzzing in that first half last time out, and after Kenedy had scored a beautiful goal after being put through by Perez,  Muto put Newcastle 2-0 up after just 10 minutes with an opportunist goal.

But we still ended up losing 3-2.

We are hoping Muto can keep up that good form and Kenedy also looked back in excellent form before he was taken off in the second half.

Muto celebrates after scoring his first Newcastle goal – YES!

Michael has been writing for Betvictor.com, and he talks about the new signing.

But he thinks Newcastle will only be able to get a point tomorrow at home to a resilient Brighton side:

“I was particularly impressed with Yoshinori Muto against Manchester United and am looking forward to seeing more of the Japanese striker.”

“I appreciate it is early days, but it was a very favorable first impression.”

“United have, however, lost their first four home games this season and were disappointing against Leicester last time. “

“They may have to settle for a point in a low-scoring game against the resilient Seagulls.”

“It wasn’t meant to be, however, but I thought the Magpies played some terrific football in the first 45 minutes.

Muto joined us from Bundesliga club Mainz in the summer transfer window for around £9.5M, and he is adjusting to life in the Premier League.

But if he keeps playing like he did last time out we will have an outstanding player on our hands.

Here’s hoping.

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49 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Oct 19, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Owen commentates via bet victor.com ?
    Spends a lot of time with the bookies then ?
    Thought ex-pros were meant to be setting an example to other footballers many of whom have betting addictions in part due to their unhealthy wages.

    How about offering odds on when Ashley will leave NUFC ?
    Probably a long shot that.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 19, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Jail and OP from previous, Shearer is likely gagged due to impartiality policies within his BBC contract.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2018 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #3

    I’ll spare the repost.
    You might be right.

  • Geordie-john

    Oct 19, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #4

    i’m surprised that people link him with Newcastle. He only played when he nothing else important to do or when we weren’t playing Liverpool. They don’t call him SICKNOTE for nothing !

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 19, 2018 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #5

    For anyone wondering, I have credible info that Rondon’s thigh injury is not yet fixed.

    I think Muto will start Saturday, Rondon unlikely to be on the bench

    And yes, this is more reliable than Helicopter Watch, though I did see a big military transport fly down Westgate Rd yesterday for no apparent reason whatsoever – maybe the fat man’s helicopter can no longer lift him?

  • Jib

    Oct 19, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #6

    Just a fan
    Aye Trevor Hockey was a favourite of mine
    He was a teddy boy at SJP , later at Sheffield
    he became a bearded hippy !

  • toon22

    Oct 19, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #7

    Hiya JIB

  • Jib

    Oct 19, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Wonder where JIB went ?
    You think he cross dresses ?

    That’s a bit of a give away
    You don’t suppose the green one
    is sweaty betty ?

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 19, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Dunno about anybody else but but I can’t wait for tomorrow. Seems like a long time since we last played, even though it isn’t. Get out there and get our first win of the season.
    As much as I like Chris Hughton niceties count for nish tomorrow. We need a win and I think we’ll get it.
    Quite happy for Muto to lead the line again tomorrow after his display at OT. Kenedy looked a whole lot more like himself as well. Maybe the turning point in the season.

  • G

    Oct 19, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #10

    Muto & Perez up front seems the logical option for tomorrow then?

  • hibbit

    Oct 19, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #11

    bit of a lad was wor trev,lived in one of the club houses in Gosforth liked a pint or two on the high street,

    NEVER seen teddy boy shopped in Marcus Price !!!!!!!

  • toon22

    Oct 19, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #12

    Still want us to do a Leeds ?

  • hibbit

    Oct 19, 2018 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #13

    looks like the frogs got you on the ropes Jib, with each post you get more and more desperate.

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #14

    G, seems no other choice mate. Well, there is but Joselu works hard but just can’t convert chances with his feet. Decent in the air and scored two very good goals, but his shooting boots must be still in his locker at Stoke I think.
    Maybe Joselu and Muto might be interesting, but I think Rafa sees Muto as an out and out striker and I can’t see Joselu as a number ten. God forbid.

  • toon22

    Oct 19, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #15

    It’s never MAs fault

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 19, 2018 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #16

    Bobby, did Joselu and Muto not play in a couple of games early on? With Muto coming on as a sub later in the game?

    Muto has adapted to the Prem since then, so they should work better together, but you’d think Muto’s runs would give Joselu space, his hold-up play would improve as a result and he might even be able to play Muto in.

    I know it’s a long shot, but it might be worth giving them 30 minutes at the end of the game to see how they go.

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 19, 2018 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Anybody heard anything further on this ‘huge’ bid allegedly coming from the middle East? Wonder what ‘huge’ looks like over there? 🙂 Has Micky heard anything in Dubai about this, or is it a none starter?
    If there is anything in it – big IF like – I imagine huge would interest the knacka. I must be getting desperate even hoping these stories are true! 🙂
    I’d love to sit down with Ashley and have a serious one to one with him, just to try and understand why he even bought us. Then to swiftly wrap my crutches around his fat head.

  • BeeGuy

    Oct 19, 2018 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #18

    Pinning hopes on relegated teams cast-offs is a sad commentary on NUFC and the other bottom dwellers.

    If the UK fans want their teams to be winning silver, things must change. Salary caps, roster limits and a draft would sort out the inequity prevailing by the oligarchs with the consent of the FA..

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2018 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #19

    I can’t wait to see the miracles that Lee Churnleys next appointment is going to perform.

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 19, 2018 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #20

    Rob, maybe, but like I say, Rafa sees Muto as a number nine so we’ll be stuck with Perez. He had a decent game, minus that sitter where he missed the ball completely 🙂 so he’s earned his place on Saturday.
    Flaming hell, got to go out again. Will try again when I park the car. Later.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 19, 2018 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #21

    For whoever it was that said Rooney was past it.


    And yes, I know, but even if his legs are gone, he still has magic in his boots.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2018 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #22

    I think Belfits called it right when he said Mikey has saved for relegation. He’s gambled on Rafa keeping us up while making a profit. If we stay up he gets to keep about 150M minus running costs. If we go down he doesn’t. Is he arrogant enough to think he can just pay for us to bounce straight back up again.
    It’s not going to happen, thousands will walk away this time and the beleaguered squad will want out. What a mess of his own making again.

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 19, 2018 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #23

    Bee guy, please, we, don’t do drafts here. It’s not set up like America with college kids coming through etc. America has its ways and that’s fine, but we’ve done it this way for 150 years and if you want to support an English PL team just accept it how it is. If we get taken over by an oil rich Arab it will be our turn to enjoy it.

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 19, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #24

    BobbyBee, nope, not heard a thing here – can’t see Saudi doing much at the minute – although they may want to increase their pr so a bid may be there – but I’d doubt it.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 19, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #25

    Brighton have net spend £110m higher than Newcastle United since promotion and Chris Hughton sees real progress

    says it all

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2018 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #26

    Seriously Rotonda, 110M?

  • toon22

    Oct 19, 2018 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #27

    That’s about how much HOF cost

  • toon22

    Oct 19, 2018 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #28

    Under investment only ever ends up one way in football

  • AncientC

    Oct 19, 2018 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #29

    The Chronicle may have been quite crafty ahead of Benitez’ press conference today. It was The Chronicle that reported that Rafa would have a limited budget but would be aware of how much that will be. Benitez is expected to be questioned on that rumour today.

    Should Benitez be vague on the question of knowing what his budget is for the upcoming window; therein will be the answer.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 19, 2018 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Micky, makes sense. I would think that the Saudis would be keeping a low profile for a bit – buying a Premiership footy club probably doesn’t fit that agenda, although private investors rather than the ruling family should not be affected by this scandal.

    I’m very conflicted re the potential of any sale of the club to MBS. Obviously the investment angle would be great, but ethically…

    Ashley may be a sh!tbag, but as far as I know he’s never invited anyone to Shirebrook, had them chopped into pieces and spread out over Sherwood Forest. Or committed genocide in a neighbouring country. Or manipulated the global oil price to suit his own pocket. Or had numerous members of his own family arrested, tortured them and pinched all their money.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 19, 2018 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #31

    And toon22, yes I think Ashley has the moral upper hand on the Saudi royal family. This does not mean I’m a shill…


  • toon22

    Oct 19, 2018 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #32

    Politics aside

    It’s never MAs fault

  • toon22

    Oct 19, 2018 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Wasn’t going to say otherwise


  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2018 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #34

    Oh well RobLeenio, that makes him alright then does it?

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 19, 2018 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #35

    Private Investors RobLeenio? Well Bin Laden group is huge, they could easily afford to buy us – can you imagine? Sadly all the private investors and mega rich Saudis are tied to the House of Saud anyway, that was what the crackdown was all about last year when MBS locked them all up in the Ritz Carlton until they paid back some of their ill-gotten gains (the big construction companies for example would bid 20x the contract value, get it awarded by the State and then pay up the rather large brown paper bag kick back). MBS has done more for modernising Saudi (no cinemas, no women allowed to drive let alone vote until earlier this year, also pegged back the religious police who were a law unto themselves) in the last 18 months than anyone else has in the last 90 years.
    The Yemen issue is because the rebels are backed by Iran (different types of Islam), Saudi hates Iran and was worried that the Southern border of Saudi which has always been “difficult” would have more Iranian influence and further destabilise the country.
    MBS is also putting a stop to the explosion in the Royal Family – there are well over 1,000 princes and growing daily, the tradition was that from birth the new prince would get x number of barrels of oil a day as a gift, hence Saudi Aramco are giving away a huge percentage of their oil production, that has now stopped but it’s somewhat annoyed a lot of “hangers on”.

    It’s an interesting place Saudi, I’ve always got on well with them on a personal basis, the Omanis are the best, Emiratis next, then Saudis/Kuwaitis, Qataris are arrogant so and so’s and I don’t know many Bahrainis.

    I would find it very difficult to believe that MBS’s personal bodyguard who is alleged to have done the torture didn’t do so at least with the knowledge, although maybe not the exact order of MBS.

  • toon22

    Oct 19, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #36


    MA or the Bin Ladens

    Tough choice

  • Jib

    Oct 19, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #37

    MBS has really blown this one
    Trump having debriefed Mike Pompeo
    has changed his tune totally and is
    talking of severe consequences for Saudi.

    Turkish officials have proof that Khashoggi had his fingers severed
    during an interrogation. His killers then beheaded him and cut up
    his body with a bone saw brought by a forensics and autopsy specialist
    who travelled with the assassination team , his dismembered body was then
    driven to the nearby Saudi consul general’s house where it was disposed of.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 19, 2018 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #38

    Were you the taxi driver Jib?

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 19, 2018 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #39

    Micky, it’s a tricky one. I wouldn’t stop going to the match if they took over and I’d defo be happy to revel in any on-field glory they could bring us. But I think it would leave a bad taste in the mouth.

    Just because there’s been some border trouble doesn’t mean they should leave a country a smoking ruin. Imagine if we did that to the Spanish over Gibraltar (tempting, I know…)

    And we haven’t even spoken about the floggings, beheadings, hands being chopped off and treatment of minority sections of their society including homosexuals.

    I also recognise the steps MBS had taken to improve aspects of their society, he has grand plans for the country, modernisation needs to happen if he is to realise them and he recognises this.

    I do worry how NUFC might be perceived should they continue with their human rights abuses. Would we end up with Amnesty International protesting outside SJP on match days, for eg, with the global coverage that might entail relecting on our club?

    Would an MBS-linked consortium even pass the FA fit and proper person test?

    Like I say, I’m conflicted, not necessarily anti Saudi involvement in the club. On the whole, I think I’d prefer a takeover from Kenyon if he’s able to swing it, though beggars can’t be choosers and he may well be lining us up for even worse corporate sh!tbags than Ashley.

  • RobLeenio

    Oct 19, 2018 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #40

    On a positive note, NUFC have ditched their old premium rate telephone number for a local rate one. It’s in your email inboxes if you’re a member.

    More meaningless PR from Ashley’s team? ‘Here you go Geordies, see we do listen…’

    Whatever the motive, it’s a welcome move.


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