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.
“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.”