Yoshinori Muto is on the verge of joining Newcastle United.

Mainz Director Rouven Schroder says that there is an ‘agreement in principle’ for the 26 year old to move to Newcastle but ‘still details to sort.’

However, widespread in the media, it is reported that a £9.5m as been agreed and the player is simply waiting for his work permit to be confirmed.

So what are Newcastle United getting when/if the forward signs.

Well, interesting to see what Conor Garratt says, he runs the ‘Yoshinori Muto Fan’ twitter account.

A good start as he says ‘He’s brilliant…doesn’t score loads but Mainz look far better with him in attack.’

As for Muto’s playing style: ‘Works best as a central striker with a prolific attacking mid behind him. Creates a lot of space and has the pace and energy to get in behind quite a lot.’

I think it is obvious from the Japanese international’s record so far that he isn’t going to be a prolific goalscorer but interesting when you dig down into his stats.

Three years at Mainz have seen him score seven, five and eight goals, in his three league seasons.

However, you have to take that in the context of starting only 48 Bundesliga games in those three years, with 18 appearances off the bench.

Maybe the best guide is when you look at 4,422 minutes on the pitch, which works out at a goal every 221 minutes. Which would work out at 15 goals if playing every single minute of a 38 game Premier League season.

In reality, Newcastle look to be getting a hard working striker who is also capable of at least getting into double figures, if staying free of injury, which has been a problem at Mainz.

If Yoshinori Muto does indeed complete his move, you have to think Rafa still needs to add goals to the squad, as well as the current players to also step up next season on the goals front.

Rouven Schröder:

“We have had very good and constructive talks with Newcastle United and have an agreement in principle.

“However, there are still details to sort out but we are optimistic that we will soon come to a conclusion regarding the transfer.”

Yoshinori Muto Fan account on Twitter:

“He’s always wanted a PL move and think 3 years at Mainz is a decent stint.

“Probably would have been less if not for injuries.

“He’s brilliant though and any NUFC fans wanting to know what he’s like as a player…

“Works best as a central striker with a prolific attacking mid behind him.

“Creates a lot of space and has the pace and energy to get in behind quite a lot.

“Doesn’t score loads but Mainz look far better with him in attack than without.

“May be a bit lightweight but think he’d cope.”

  • Kev-82

    Don’t we have enough strikers who can’t score goals? If he was coming in as a replacement for Joselu fair enough but this is not the striker signing we already needed and not really an improvement on Mitrovic if that’s who he is being brought in to replace. Can’t help suspect this signing and Ki are more to do with raising our profile in Asia.

    • TheNutJob

      It`s more to do with them being cheap by current standards,
      even championship clubs are spending more the us.

      • Peaky

        My missus spends more than the Fatman EVERY transfer window…..

        • Leazes.

          What…minus fifteen million quid…. you lucky lucky man.

          • Peaky

            Have had enough of it Leazes……told her to go into the loan market from January…..

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Lightweight isn’t a problem. You just have to sneeze or pass wind near a player these days and the ref gives a free kick.

  • TheNutJob

    Hello the word injuries popping up is a bit of a worry, last import from Germany had a list of injury problems as well & as soon as he went back to Spain he got injured.
    this guy isn`t a 15 goal a season striker and that`s what we need.
    can you see Fatty funding another striker because i can`t
    shop`s shut ! sales only

  • Dillon Tovak

    I guess at this point we’ve just got to hope he digs deep and all of his good qualities are shown in the PL.
    It’s not exactly the endorsement we’d like for our new striker but I’ll get behind him.

  • BillytheFish

    He’s a Rafa type of player..”Graft”

    • Billmag

      So what would you like a Viduka type player, with the amount of money available I would rather have a grafter than a lazy get.

      • HarryHype59

        I would like someone who is a significant improvement on what is already here.

        • Billmag

          Wouldn’t we all but it isn’t going to happen is it.

          • HarryHype59

            In that case the £126m question has to be WHY isn’t it going to happen.

          • Jezza

            The £126 million question. I like that one. Very pertinent.

  • HarryHype59

    Let’s be objective, if he managed eight goals in his best Bundesliga season, how many will he score next season in the EPL?

    • MP01

      I guess if he isn’t prolific, you are hoping that his involvement opens up more goals for the likes of Kenedy/Richie/Atsu/Murphy/Perez when he plays.

      Haven’t seen the lad play so will reserve judgement on him. He shouldn’t be tainted by the Fatman’s brush.

      • HarryHype59

        I wouldn’t mind if Fatso was bringing in a 12-15 goal a season main striker and this guy was signed to play off him.

        • MP01

          You and me both….

  • Ba ba.

    I hope this works but deep down I think he will flop epl not the best league in the world but I think its the tuffest. . Good luck to him and let’s just see.

  • CaptainCaveman

    Let’s hope he works well without a prolific attacking midfield behind him…

    • HarryHype59

      😀😁😂 Good luck with that one!

  • Andynufc

    Just sounds like another Perez type of player to me but we’ll see. If this is Mitros replacement, I’am going to be very disappointed

    • Alreet

      So if he has better dicipline than mitro and around the same amount of goals he could be a good replacement

      • Andynufc

        In terms of fitting in the first team, I thought Rafa was looking for a target man type of player. That’s the reason I mentioned Mitro. Unless Rafa is looking to change the style abit and have Muto upfront with Perez behind him. Personally I still think Mitro will move on and another striker will come in.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The Bundesliga isn`t what it used to be & if this guy averages 7 goals a season over there God only knows what he`ll score here.
    In May Rafa handed in his list to the idiot Penfold, was this player on it, NO

  • StevieB

    I’m looking more at Gateshead stadium by the day . Never been so un-excited for a new season as this one, I honestly didn’t believe he’d do us over again this year …..gutted . Fans who line his pockets are as much to blame

    • Beaudan

      Come to Hillheads Park and watch The Bay. Great pies & Bovril and yet get to go to Wembley pretty regularly and actually win things :)

      • Leazes.

        …or just go to Greggs and forgo the delights of hoofball.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Jump on a bandwagon then?

      • Ba ba.

        My younging got a run oot for the reserves the other night only 17
        Great set up doon Hillheads

        • SuperDesHamilton


    • HarryHype59

      Alas, numerous people share your view. It isn’t pessimism, just realism! The season hasn’t even kicked off and it feels like we are already in a relegation battle.

      • Jezza

        Yes the level of pessimism among Newcastle fans about the new season says everything about Fatso’s diabolical running of our club. At any other club, after finishing in the top half of the Premiership the fans would be buzzing with excitement about the following season.

  • Soldier

    i don`t know if this current squad can survive another year in the premiership
    shirt sales in the Far East should go well though

    • TheNutJob

      Fatty won`t make owt, the Chinese will be knocking them out at a fiver a pop

  • Billmag

    Probably bottom of Rafa’s list if he was on it anyway but it is what it is and anybody that pulls on the shirt has to be given a chance to show what they can do, wether these signings will be good enough to keep us in the premiership (again) remains to be seen.

  • Leazes.

    I’ve seen it all now!

    Simon (there’s nobody called Jackie Smithfield anywhere….I’ve looked)

    You have turned an 8 goal a season man valued at £5.4m …..into a 15 goal a season Ace!

    Ehm Simon Sorry but…… he’s a space filler and moving up a league and he’s going to come up against world class defences…..

    He’s comparable with Luke de Jong apparently and will be as prolific I’m sure.

    Spin worthy of Ryder himself!

    • FatParosite

      Mutu is quite evidently a makeweight.

      • Leazes.

        If he’s the answer then I’d love to know the question…. we’ve just bought…… De Jong and Williamson mkII

      • Wor Lass

        I remember Mutu – he was a bit of a head case. Didn`t he get done for recreational drug use?

        • Peter C

          That’s, Adrian Mutu, the Romanian who played for Chelsea, and they sued him for the full value of his transfer fee, £14 million pounds plus, for breech of contract, making him bankrupt,

  • FatParosite

    All of these low level transfers look like they are being done behind Rafa’s back. If Rafa wanted out of the £6m compensation surely there are grounds for constructive dismissal. Ashley’s previous record in this would likely count against him in any court of arbitration. Ashley is wantonly willing to vandalise the club’s biggest asset in order to force Benitez to sign a contract. Restrictive measures like this actively show that a manipulation through working conditions which are grounds for constructive dismissal. I would not expect Benitez to see out his contract given the conditions.

    • Peaky

      Agree,as I said on here earlier in the week it’s KK all over again….Rafa gone by Christmas I reckon.

      • HarryHype59

        At the latest!

        • Peaky

          Yes you may well be right.

    • Leazes.

      We’ll never know the details of the contract but I do remember a promise of a ‘Rafalution’ by the Club and Mark Douglas….. you now have to define ‘Rafalution’ as ‘the next level of SD marketing’ rather than notching the club UP a peg.

  • MetalMickey

    Missed a trick with Schurrle, can’t comment on Muto as yt can make any average player look half decent.
    Will rejoice when our current owner leaves. Hopefully he’ll not make it his life’s ambition to make our lives a misery, he’s doing a bloody good job if it is.

    • Peter C

      That’s the point, I believe his life’s ambition is to make obscenely huge amounts of money, and screw over every person that he comes across, figuratively and metaphorically.

      I also believe, he gets a perverse enjoyment out of it. It’s his way of defining his status and manhood.

  • MadMag83

    Is that really worth an article? Some guy on Twitter said blah blah blah. He runs a fan account so he’s unlikely to be too critical. Surely a cross section of fans would give a better insight.

    What’ next? Don’t worry lads, some nobody on Facebook reckons Schar is the next Phillip Albert.

    • 1957

      Doesn’t come from Monkseaton does he?

      • MadMag83


  • Peaky

    This hasn’t gone through yet….no one can fuckup a formality like Penfold….

    • Jezza

      That’s his job.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Fatty really making inroads in the Asian market

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Goals wise Benitez has always had goals from all over the pitch. When he won the league with Valencia I’m sure Baraja & Albelda were top scorers with 8

  • Michael Pattison

    I reckon it’s to add completion for Perez, merely a squad player rather than 1st team starter… Rafa has the ability to get more out of players so could be a great signing…#imhopeful

  • Kazie

    We just need to buy an attacking mid.. The guy from Atlanta in the MLS would be perfect now.

  • Carbine

    If he is good enough for Japan a decent enough team, he will be good enough here.

  • Paul Cannell

    A striker that doesn’t score a lot of goals is not a striker.