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Rafa Praises Player Who Seems Out In The Cold

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.

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22 comments so far

  • geordie157

    Feb 9, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #1

    I like Muto, I just think he’s suffered a bit due to rarely getting a chance in a hours best position which for me is up front with Rondon or just off the main striker.

    Just hope Rafa has him on the bench and not Joselu.

    If Barreca gets the left wing back role I’d guess Ritchie plays further up with Perez, although Atsu has been decent recently.

    Ritchie will likely start as wolves have the impressive doherty or Johnny Castro down that side usually.

    So I’ll go with

    Yedlin Schar Lascelles Lejuene Barreca
    Hayden Longstaff
    Perez Ritchie


    No diame, Kenedy, Manquillo, Joselu

    Sounds alright me to. Shelvey coming back certainly makes things interesting and hopefully the fact he can’t just walk back into the side gets the best out of him.

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 9, 2019 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #2

    “Muto has had a difficult time of it so far this season, and one reason for that is he’s having difficulty with English.”

    Can he speak German? If so, why can’t he learn English too?

  • AncientC

    Feb 9, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #3

    How transparent was that article in which Lee Charnley reveals the “amazing” economic value the club has on the city of Newcastle. An insult to the intelligence of everybody associated with being a fan of NUFC.

    The club only exists in its current form thanks to the previous owner and the passionate support of the fans. It is the people of Newcastle handing over their hard earned money that is having the positive kick-back on the local economy.

    Where is the study about how much money Ashley “amazingly” drains away from the club and surrounding area since taking over the club. Where are the proportionate results, comparing the effect the club had on the local economy prior to Ashley, and now after. Obviously taking in for inflation (and footballing inflation separately) etc. Is the economy surrounding NUFC actually better or worse off since Ashley arrived? I could hazard a fair guess.

    A complete one-eyed/slanted piece of information with skewed statistics to fit Ashley’s narrative.

    It’s bad enough Ashley pillaging the club, fans, and selling off its assets, now they want a big thank you for it.

  • AncientC

    Feb 9, 2019 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #4

    I hope I haven’t hurt Jib’s emotional well being too much with my above post.

  • Bobbybee

    Feb 9, 2019 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Just a fan, you repeatedly have problems with what I write. 🙂 I said “had we won that day, we would have gone top of the table – which would have been as close as we got to winning the league”.
    I didn’t say we had a chance of winning the league, or that we won the league. 🙂 That would be changing history.

    And Jim. Oh dear. You couldn’t be more wrong. Try reading what I write without that angry head on. I clearly say that it’s your money, do with it as you wish. I have not insisted people continue going to games. If fact, I clearly and distinctly say the opposite. In fact, as the thought of attending games upsets you so much I ask you to stay away because that’s obviously what you want.
    But you, pal don’t get to tell me what I can do and never will.

    Let’s stop pissing in the wind shall we. Let’s get right down to the nitty gritty.
    Back in the day, if you wanted to watch a football game, you had to get off your ass and go watch it. That entailed travelling long distances as often as not and standing in crappy stadiums getting piss wet through.
    The fans that did that were die hard football fans through and through. We lived football. Football was our lives – as it still is now.
    Armchair fans got a dose of MOTD and the cup final. That was it.
    Sadly, that wasn’t good enough. You all wanted to watch your football without the discomfort or effort of going to games. You wanted to sit on your ass on your sofa in front of the TV in your replica shirts and and watch whoever you decided to support live and in glorious Technicolour. Hey, this is the life eh? Magic. Wonderful. Top fan me.
    Now I’m not knocking that despite that opening Salvo. I did that purely for effect, for those too dim to realise it. It is good for those who can’t get there, for whatever reason. Its brilliant. People from across the ocean can now support a team in Europe and bizarrely, get better coverage of those in the home country.
    But with that has come a price that nobody wants to address.
    You’re all too happy sitting enjoying the product to realise the drawbacks.
    And the biggest drawback is the obscene amounts of money being poured into football and the lowlife scum like Ashley it attracts, like a magnet.
    Let me tell you, people like me, Martoon Hibbett Nicky and fans too numerous to mention, were there before a huge amount of you even knew Newcastle United existed.
    You want someone to blame for the mess NUFC is in, so decide it must be us. Those who continue to do what we’ve done all our lives – turn out in all weather to support our club.
    You really want someone to blame? Take a long hard look in the mirror.
    You got what you wanted. Football on tap. Grab a can and sit back and chant along with “were the loyalest supporters, the world has, ever seen” whilst stabbing those truly loyal fans, right between the shoulder blades. TV money is five or six times what comes through the gate but I notice how you all conveniently avoid that figure and home in on the relative pittance that is gate receipts.
    So yes, granted, football on tap is, great – but it comes at a price.
    The real people to blame for Ashley still being at the club are those who watch live on TV. Take that TV money away and he’d be out of there like a shot. Those gate receipts? He makes that in interest of his ‘wallpaper’ every season.
    I’ve been going all my life and you want me to stop to satisfy a few ingrates who wouldn’t know where SJP is? 🙂 Seriously?
    As the old adage goes “where were you when we were shit?”. I know where I was.
    Now I’ve had my say, let’s get a few, things straight. I don’t want you to stop following us on TV? I wouldn’t want to take that off fans worldwide, but stop blaming the loyal fans who don’t care how shit we are, we’ll turn up because we’re loyal to the death. When you lot turn over because we’re four down, we stay till the end. If you can’t understand that, I can’t explain it to you. But one thing is for sure, we’re all in it together, like it or Not.
    Want to make a real stand? Unsubscribed from Sky, BT or whatever cable company you’re with and explain why. No? Why? You’d miss it? Yeah, well we’d miss not being there – and we’ve been committed to this for far far longer.
    So please, stop the blame game. Look at the figures. LOOK AT THEM. Who contributes more to Ashley? Match day fans or pay per View?
    You might not like the answer, but that doesn’t change it.
    When you stop watching football on TV come back and discuss it again. I won’t hold my breath.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 9, 2019 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Where were u when u were shit? Ha, I was probably there Bobby mate. Here’s another sithole…. Port Vale. Not sure what year…. Early 90s late 80s. So that’s another dump we’ve both been in probably at the same time:). Is it called Burslem? Awful place. Port Vale fans deserve respect. Htl

  • Just a fan

    Feb 9, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Bobby bee
    I have no problems with what you write.
    Just some times I have a different opinion.
    It doesn’t mean I’m right I don’t check the facts on Google.
    Our memory is often fixed and it’s hard to change it.
    Some body on here says I’m a newbie with no facts to back it up.
    Somebody said I’m a mackems
    Somebody said I’m jib
    Those are the people I have “problems” with not you.

  • martoon

    Feb 9, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m famous now – I got a mention in one of Bobby’s epics :mrgreen:

  • geordietom

    Feb 9, 2019 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #9


    going on about going to the match when we were bairns …

    my dad died when i was 10 me mam was a widow at the young age of 33 she had for kids to bring up so money was tight…

    i’am from north shields i used to get up at 6am to go down the quay to help the blokes load the poppers with boxes of fish before i went to school i used to get 10 bob which was enough to get me to the match with my mate then back home quick was off to school waiting till the bell went run home grab something to eat a slice of uncut bread i always got the door step ( being the oldest lad ) jam on it if we were lucky … remember all those cold dark days but the one light i had was going to watch my team play yep ST JAMES was a dump but it was our dump …

    saw George Best play in his pomp … Bobby Charlton … Eusebio in a friendly … Billy Bremner with the dirty leeds team … the list could go on …

    also you said you have relatives in newsham my sister lives there been there all her married life she married a bedlington lad in a bedlington accent wer bob lamao …anyway memorys …

  • geordietom

    Feb 9, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #10

    four kids#9

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 9, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #11

    So “the club” are sounding out Rodgers or Wagner IF Rafa leaves. Considering that Rafa has stated umpteen times that he’d love to stay if the club done the right things. There’s only one man who can guarantee that he stays and if he’s putting out stories about new managers then he’s got no intentions of keeping him here.

  • geordietom

    Feb 9, 2019 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #12

    bobby …

    we live in derby now dont get to the games …

    my wifes AUNTY and Uncle they are in their late 70s early 80s they go to every home game week in week out have done for years …

  • lesh

    Feb 9, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #13


    No, don’t worry, I didn’t read your oh so subtle reference to my mis-spelling of Joni (Mitchell) as you being smart. I realised as soon as I re-read it that I’d got it wrong. As I said, I’m cracking up.

    If you didn’t catch Graham Nash on episode one of Celtic Connections 2019 you can pick it up on the BBC iPlayer. Louden Wainright III on episode 2 and there are a couple of clever Scottish bands to see if that’s your bag.

    Anyway, apologies to footie fans for posting music outside of curfew.

  • lesh

    Feb 9, 2019 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Ron Knee

    Can Muto speak German? If so, why can’t he learn English too?

    Why does he speak Japanese? Why doesn’t he speak English like anybody else!

    If Muto doesn’t understand Rafa’s English, Rafa should adopt the British way of dealing with such situations – shout!


  • lesh

    Feb 9, 2019 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Ron Knee

    I can’t even speak English after over 70 years of trying to larn it so In fairness to Muto, he’s only been in the UK a matter of months.

  • lesh

    Feb 9, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #16


    Like Bobby and many others, your aunt and uncle must have some stamina putting up with the crap that’s been dealt over the years – especially the last eleven!

    It’s that level of support and emotional investment that clearly doesn’t bother Ashley and it’d be good if George Caulkin could start writing pieces about Ashley’s mistreatment and exploitation of long time fans.

    Maybe I’m old fashioned but a key part of any arrangement between any business and its customers should be mutual satisfaction and benefit. What we’ve seen of Ashley (and he’s not alone) is a one-way transaction, he takes and takes and takes – a prime example being taking ownership of the club’s land by the Strawberry and then selling it for HIS profit. Had the proceeds from that sale been ploughed back into the club and used to pay for improvements to SJP or the training facilities, the sale might have been acceptable to fans.

    But no, we’ve got an owner who’s a very selfish and greedy man who’s got no sense of propriety or decency.

  • lesh

    Feb 9, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #17


    @3 – A very good post

    @4 – You’ve no need to apologise to Jib, he’s as sensitive as a cow patt.

  • Malta Mag

    Feb 9, 2019 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Oh Bobbybee how beautifully put mate. I couldn’t have put it better myself. At last someone talking sense instead of bollocks and before anyone reminds me, yes I considered supporting those who were going to walk in late but I came to my senses. Desperate people do desperate things and I truly believe some of the “action group” have good intentions and wouldn’t condemn them but like you Bobbydee it just doesn’t wash with me to boycott games. I live over here on the rock and my 3-4 visits a season to watch the lads means too much. I love our club and the loyalty never diminishes even with age. It still hurts as much now when we lose as it did 25 years ago when I left the North East. Keep supporting the team, demonstrate against the regime but never stop believing because one day this incredible team we support will rise out of these Ashes, that the FCB has created. Toon Toon…….

  • Just a fan

    Feb 9, 2019 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #19

    I’m pretty sure bobby bee wrote the Iliad

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 9, 2019 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #20

    So, whatever happens with Southampton -v- Cardiff one of them will go above us.

    I’d rather see Southampton get 3 points than Cardiff, would a draw be better all round?

    I’m not sure it will be, I think Southampton will get out of it anyway, so for me 3pts to them is the best result for us.

    Then all eyes on hoping Brighton turn over Burnley.

  • dig-n-dig22

    Feb 9, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #21

    DubaiMicky 20

    It would be great if we could get some kind of result at Wolves on Monday night to go with 2 home wins in the back to back 6 pointers against Hudders and Burnley, That might put some daylight between us Burnley and Cardiff , I just hope it pans out Burnley and Cardiff will slug it out for the final relegation spot . Purely for cynical reasons, I hope the Bin Dippers are home and hosed PL champions with 2 games to spare and heading for another CL final just in case we still need points


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