Yoshinori Muto narrowly avoided relegation last season with Mainz, eventually finishing the season fifth bottom of the Bundesliga.
After a summer transfer to St James Park, the striker now finds himself rock bottom with Newcastle: ‘I didn’t imagine we would start the season like this and I feel very sorry for our supporters.’
Despite this he is trying to stay positive ‘Even when I have worries or I’m having a tough time, I try to keep smiling. If I can smile and look happy I can remain positive in my motivation.’
Last Saturday was a game that many people felt was a ‘must win’ match, up against a Brighton side who hadn’t won away for 11 months.
Against another side expected to be at a the bottom and who have only won once at home in the Premier League in the past 11 months, Yoshinori Muto spells it out: ‘We definitely need to win.’
Yoshinori Muto talking to NUFC TV:
“In the match against Brighton we started as the better team but we lost 1-0.
“I deeply regret this result.
“However, I feel that we are improving as a team and that I can make a positive contribution.
“My motivation remains very high and I was very happy to be in the starting line-up for the last two matches. However, we couldn’t win those two matches.
“As a forward I have to score more goals and push to assist and help the team to win. I am confident that I have the ability to do this and will work hard to achieve this.
“I was so excited to get this opportunity (first start at old Trafford) but I would have been happier if my goal had helped the team to win the game.
“I am studying hard to improve my English and communication is getting easier, I will continue to spend time on my English studies.
“My family haven’t joined me yet but I am looking forward to them arriving, and when they come, I think I will be able to relax more and settle into life outside football as well.
“I would like to speak perfect English. German was a hard language to learn but I studied hard and became able to communicate well with my teammates and this helped us become closer.”
‘Despite the slight language barrier, around the training ground you are always smiling, so happy. Do you think that’s important because the results haven’t been so good recently – but do you think it’s important that people like you stay positive and stay happy around the place?’
“Sometimes I am not happy but I feel that if I try to be positive then people around me will feel better.
“Even when I have worries or I’m having a tough time, I try to keep smiling. If I can smile and look happy I can remain positive in my motivation.”
“We cannot lose this (Southampton) match. If we win it will provide confidence for us to ride on a positive wave to further good results. We definitely need to win.
“I didn’t imagine we would start the season like this and I feel very sorry for our supporters.
“We still have time to turn things around and we really need three points against Southampton.
“I think it is the most important game so far.
“My motivation remains very high for the sake of our fans who will travel for this away game.
“The team is good enough to give our supporters a first win on Saturday.”