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Newcastle To Lose Two Players In January

It was good news last week that our new forward Yoshinori Muto was left out of Japan’s initial 23 man squad for the Asian Cup, but he has just received a late call-up and is now included in the squad.

The Asian Cup is in the United Arab Emirates and starts on 5th January, and the final takes place on 1st February.

The Japanese forward is likely to miss all four of Newcastle’s league games in January, and also the 3rd round of the FA Cup.

Yoshinori Muto – could miss six games for Newcastle in January

If we manage to get through to the next round of the FA Cup by beating Blackburn Rovers at home (that’s possible), he will also miss the 4th round tie.

Muto has struggled since he arrived at Newcastle in the summer from Mainz.

He’s had some niggly injuries, and his wife recently had a baby back in Tokyo – so he’s had a tough time of things so far.

And this call-up will further disrupt his getting into the Newcastle first team on a regular basis.

Ki Sung-yueng is in the South Korean squad, and his last game for Newcastle will be the tough away game at Anfield against an unbeaten Liverpool on Boxing Day.

Let’s hope Jonjo Shelvey will be fit for that game – but that’s unlikely.

So that’s two players we will lose in January to the Asian Cup – so this is when the squad players have to do their jobs.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Dec 18, 2018 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Mag52 – unless like staveley he signed a NDA. Staveley hadn’t said much about the last affair. Perhaps she’s still driving something this time? Maybe one of the “other interested parties” ?

  • c-dog

    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Ki will be a big loss. The boy has played very well recently. Muto not so much. But given how threadbare our squad is we can’t afford to be losing anyone. Hopefully Sorensen appears on the bench.

    Joselu Out!

  • hibbit

    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #3

    No disrespect to OLG

    but i would love to hear any breaking news coming from Pete Graves he has a lot more to loose if he hasn’t done his homework before opening his mouth

    he is a NUFC fan
    he does go to games
    and is in the firing line in the real world
    really putting his head on the blog if he gets this wrong

  • Mag :P

    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Mag 😛

    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #99
    Either way, surely we have to view Ashley’s interview with sky sports as a positive thing?

    If we do get sold then everyone will be celebrating.

    If hes lying then surely that will be the final nail in his coffin? That will tip the fans- that weren’t inclined to protest before- over the edge.

    It feels like his tenure is coming to an end one way or another.

  • ToonRich

    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Tunski, Stavley didnt really say much after last years attempt even though detials became public knowledge, so either the NDA she signed is still active (2-5yrs perhaps), or as suggested she is still fronting a bid..hmmmm!

    Or its all sh*te!!

  • jazzyp

    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Mourinho said yesterday that he loves Newcastle and St James’ and has been sacked today, former Chelsea CEO Peter Kenyon is part of the take over, Benitez last year of contract, wonder what chances of Mourinho being our manager beginning of next season?

  • Belfast

    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #7

    This is absolutely ridiculous. I would be having a word with both these players (Fergie Style). We’re in the midst of a relegation battle here for ferk sake.

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Peter Kenyon has made (informal contact) with the Premier league to takeover.


  • Belfast

    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Think Mourinho will end up back at Inter Milan to be honest.

  • hibbit

    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Mag 😛 @4
    you would thinks so but after last years episode he quite easily shifted the blame to PCP and Staveley with one comment “Tyre Kicker” when in fact it was him who moved the goal posts.
    and the fans bought his story hook line and sinker , you only have to look back at the reaction on here, people hung on his every word and slaughtered Staveley at every opportunity ,some still do

  • ToonRich

    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Jazzyp, would you be happy with that outcome?

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Thank me later.

  • WarrenBartonCentreParting

    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Nice to see you back Frank

  • jayphoto

    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Actually alot more optimistic for Kenyon that I was stavely. The clubs he’s been at have grown massively in his time there aswell as outlayed some serious investment and you have to think he wouldn’t be involved unless there was a way for him to make an impact.
    Staveley was rumoured to be fronting for the Rubin brothers (though noone really knows, they denied it but that really doesn’t mean much) and despite the fact they are super rich, I wasn’t ever sure they’d be the right fit. (always imagined them to be a bit like the Dukes in the movie Trading places)
    Hopefully the price is around the 300m mark, because thats the difference between a serious ownership like the Fenway group and someone like Venkys. Selling North of 200m seems to rule out the football manager type millionaires like Mandaric, Venkys etc and the cheap billionaires trying to make a fast buck

  • jazzyp

    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #15


    I am more than happy to keep Rafa at the helm mate to be honest. I personally think he’s worked wonders with the players he has at his disposal, So the thoughts of significant investment if this Fakeover happens and what Rafa could do with the club is mouthwatering

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Warren Barton – Thanks!!

    Been reading the blog for the last year but haven’t posted as i was so deflated after the last ‘Takeover’ attempt.

    Heard good things this time about takeover but because of last time dont want to get my hopes up again.

    Anyway – From inside the training ground – Ive heard its looking good. (quite far down the line)

    Also Kenyon has had (informal contact) with regards to taking over. – However not (official)

    I know Mark Douglas knows this is well !! (see twitter)

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Also Kenyon has had (informal contact with premier league) with regards to taking over. – However not (official)

    I know Mark Douglas knows this is well !! (see twitter)

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Cheers Frank, all snippets appreciated matey.

    Don’t know if you read a couple of nights ago, there were a few saying the U23s had been told. Similar source for you?

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #19

    GK coach – S.Harper

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Dec 18, 2018 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #20

    harper – looking good
    ray thompson kit man – looking good
    peter ramage ex player – said weeks ago about data room being virtually complete

    Also journos/sky/ – know informal contact has been made with premier league (touched base)
    but nothing official

  • lesh

    Dec 18, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #21

    Frank pingles come sock

    Was it a clever move to identify Harper and the others as sources of snippets of info? Ashley, or any owner for that matter, won’t be too happy at that sort of information getting out. Obviously Harps and the others have received those insights from somebody up the line and there’s a risk that things might be called off again.

  • jimiley

    Dec 18, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #22

    You all have to be complete morons if you believe Ashley will sell the club.
    The latest is that Kenyon might not be able to buy the club before February but would still be interested in buying later. I think I have heard that one before last December. Ashley is playing with children and he knows it.

  • Dondatta13

    Dec 18, 2018 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #23

    I just don’t get why a football man (Kenyon) would approach the PL informally. What purpose does that serve? Get the deal done and then go through that process officially.


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