Yoshinori Muto has not had the start to his Newcastle career that he would have envisioned when he joined last summer from German club Mainz. While last season saw him miss time due to an injury and also the Asian Cup tournament, he has never seen a run of games for Newcastle.
To date, Muto has only made 19 appearances for the club with only 6 of those from the starting eleven. He just has the one spectacular goal against Manchester United to his credit.
Muto came on for the injured Joelinton against Norwich but was unable to have any impact on the game. He managed only five touches in his 23 minutes plus stoppage time on the pitch.
This is not too surprising as the game was well and truly lost at the point of his introduction. Joelinton had also found it hard to have much of an impact while he was on as well.
The Chronicle has published some comments that Muto has made about his appearance at Norwich.
“It was really hard. I felt isolated, and I was always surrounded by three or four opponents.
“As a forward, that was very tough. As a team, we struggled overall.
“When I was watching in the first half, I was expecting it to be difficult when I came on because Joelinton was struggling as well.
“Pukki got a hat-trick, and he reacted well on the counter-attack.
“It is the sort of image that I’d like to provide for my team.”
We agree with Muto that he was very isolated when he came on the pitch. This is a big problem that has been noticed in Newcastle’s two games this season. The two forwards are getting little support, and at Norwich, it was even worse as Joelinton failed to get any help even from Almiron.
This is something that we hope Steve Bruce can get sorted out soon starting with the tough away match at Tottenham on Sunday. If Steve Bruce can get Yoshinori Muto to play like Teemu Pukki did against us on Saturday, then that would also be a very unexpected but pleasing accomplishment.