Yoshinori Muto arrived on Tyneside in the summer and he certainly didn’t think Newcastle United would be bottom of the first nine games played.
But that’s where we are with only 2 points from those 27 points played for.
It happens to be the worst start to a league season since the 19th century back in 1899 – seven years after Newcastle United came into existence.
The £9.5M signing from Mainz in the summer has also had a difficult start to his Newcastle career with having to rehabilitate to the physical play in the Premier League.
Yoshinori Muto – his family has yet to relocate to Newcastle
This is what Muto has said today on nufcTV – he spoke in Japanese that was translated along the bottom of the screen:
“I didn’t imagine we would start the season like this and I feel sorry for the supporters.”
“We still have time to turn things around.” “To start with we really need the three points against Southampton.”
“I am getting acclimatized to life here.” “I am studying hard to improve my English communication is getting easier.”
“I will continue to spend time on my English studies.” “My family haven’t joined me yet but I am looking forward to them coming here.”
“When they come I think I will be able to relax and settle more into life outside of football.”
“I would like to speak perfect English.”
“German was hard to learn but I studied hard and became able to communicate well with my team-mates and this helped us become closer.”
“Of course, sometimes I am not happy.” “But I feel if I try to be positive then people around me will feel better.”
“Even when I have worries or I am having a tough time I try to keep smiling.” “If I can be happy I remain positive in my motivation.”
“In the match against Brighton we started as the better team but we lost 1-0.”
“I deeply regret this result.”
“However, I feel that we are improving as a team and that I can make a positive contribution.”
“My motivation remains very high.”
“I was very happy to be in the starting line-up for the last two matches.” “However, we couldn’t win those two matches.”
“As a forward, I have to score more goals and push to assist the team and help the team to a win.”
“I am confident that I have the ability to do this and will work hard to achieve this.”
Good comments there from the Japanese International and it’s got to be very difficult for him in a different country with a new language and without his family.
But he’s looking like a decent player who hopefully can score the goals for us this season.
We need some players to start scoring goals if we are to equal what we did last season, finishing 10th in the Premier League.
Howay The Lads!!