There’s news today that Newcastle have completed a loan move for Yoshinori Muto, who has moved to Spanish side Eiber on a season loan.
Muto was signed two years ago by Rafa Benitez, and he hasn’t made an impact at Newcastle, so it’s good for Newcastle and it’s good for the player that he moves out, so he can get some playing time.
Muto was signed by Rafa Benitez from German club Mainz two years ago, and it’s been a poor signing.
He follows Florian Lejeune to Spain, after the French center-back moved to Alaves on loan earlier this week.
Florian’s career at Newcastle has been interrupted by two serious ACL knee injuries, but it’s still possible for the Frenchman to have a career at Newcastle, if he can have a good season on loan.
Rafa Benitez talking to new signing Jacob Murphy back in 2017
That’s doesn’t seem to be the case with Muto, unless he has a very successful goal-scoring season in Spain.
Florian cost £11.5M from Eibar three years ago, and when he has played he’s often looked the part, especially when Rafa was here.
But he did not get many games under Bruce last season, with Bruce preferring central defenders Lascelles, Fernandez, and Clark, who came in from the cold.
Those are two good loan moves for Newcastle.
We also expect there will be no trouble in moving out Jacob Murphy and Dan Barlasar on loan.
The clubs they went on loan to last season, Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday, respectively, are desperate to get them back for this season.
Newcastle still have to move out Rolando Aarons, Henri Saivet, Achraf Lazaar, Christian Atsu, and perhaps US International DeAndre Yedlin.
The last three of those were signed by Rafa Benitez, so a number of players Rafa brought in do not seem to be in Bruce’s plans.
We paid out a total of £41.5M for Atsu (£6.5M from Chelsea) Lejeune (£11.5M) Muto (£9.5M) Murphy (£10M), and Yedlin (£5M) so they have not been good long-term buys by Rafa.
That’s an indication of how, if you keep changing managers, it becomes expensive, as different managers have their own preferences on players and formations.
We used to be in churn a lot of the time, when the late Freddy Shepherd was the Chairman at Newcastle.
Steve Bruce is doing extremely well in the summer transfer window, and he seems to have an excellent working relationship with owner Mike Ashley, who still, thankfully, wants to sell the club.
If he can offload players we need to, and manage to bring on in one more striker, it will be the best transfer window we have had in a while.
Good for him.
Here’s the state of transfer at Newcastle right now.
|Mark Gillespie||Free agent||Motherwell|
|Jeff Hendrick||Free agent||Burnley|
|Ryan Fraser||Free Agent||Bournemouth|
|Transfer Fees paid out||£35M|
|Jack Colback||Released||Nottingham Forest|
|Freddie Woodman||Season loan||Swansea City|
|Kell Watts||Season loan||Plymouth|
|Tom Allan||Season loan||Accrington Stanley|
|Florian Lejeune||Season loan||Alavés|
|Yoshinori Muto||Season loan||Eibar|
|Transfer Fees into club||£0M|