Yoshinori Muto has had a tough time of it at Newcastle since he signed for us in the summer for £9.5M from German club Mainz.
He’s been injured and played in the Asian Cup in January for Japan who were beaten in the final by Qatar.
It hasn’t been easy for Muto, whose wife had a baby back in Japan shortly after he joined Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez welcomes Yoshinori Muto to Newcastle in August
Rafa was asked what he thought of Muto’s short appearance on Saturday during the final 8 minutes at Bournemouth – this is how he answered that – as reported in the Chronicle:
“Obviously he didn’t have too much time, but we have two or three players who are training so well, and it is a pity that you cannot play them,”
“When he came on he, as always, was working really hard, was chasing players, was running into the spaces, so it’s what we were expecting from him.”
“I think he’s getting better in terms of the understanding with his team-mates because he is having English lessons, so he can communicate much better,”
“Nobody ever worries about his work rate and how dynamic he is during games and training sessions.”
“It’s just for me to know that he knows about the other players around, and in this case, Almiron came and is doing well, so Muto just has to carry on competing.”
Rafa seems happy with Muto who works his socks off both in training and during games.
It will help the Japanese International when his English is better, but we will probably have to wait until next season to see if Muto can some though at Newcastle.
We hope he can, but he needs to be given time.