Yoshinori Muto has had a disappointing first season at Newcastle with injuries and other things.
The number 13 has made only 13 appearances for the side with 6 of them being starts.
Maybe it’s just a case of getting the 28 times capped Japanese International (3 goals) to settle down at Newcastle, and learning English would undoubtedly help with that.
The 26-year-old cost Newcastle £9.5M from Bundesliga club Mainz on a four-year contract in late July last year.
So we are hoping he will come through next season – if not this season.
Muto after scoring at Old Trafford earlier this season
Muto has been interviewed in the Chronicle today:
“It has been really tough.” “I expected to play in the West Ham match but I couldn’t.”
“It wasn’t my day at West Ham, as I lost my chance to play due to the injury that occurred.”
“But I think it is important that I remain positive.” “I need to be patient.”
“I am the type of person who is not good at giving in.”
“I will continue to train well in the training ground and wait for an opportunity to present itself.”
“During the Asian Cup I spoke to Maya Yoshida (Southampton),.”
“And we realized that as this is a very important phase in the season, it may be more difficult to get the position back.”
“I was quite confident to get my position back, but the situation is worse than I expected as the team did well without me.”
It’s interesting he was going to play at West Ham last Saturday – maybe he would have come in for Perez?
We will hear from Rafa this morning in his press conference for the tough game against Everton tomorrow at home.
And it would be a surprise if Muto plays tomorrow – but possible.
Muto has not been able to settle down on Tyneside – yet.
It’s not unusual for players to have difficulty during their first season in England.
So he needs some time and patience will help him.
The Geordie fans will help him too – maybe he needs some black pudding to get him going?
What do you think?