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.”



  • Wor Lass

    He can smile and try for all he`s worth – and I`m sure he will do – but the fact remains that we don`t have a centre forward worthy of the name at the club. Now, I wonder who`s to blame for that situation which has been the case since Demba Ba left 5 years ago? Over to you Rooney/Moscow Mule/Pezza/Clarko/t00lrider…

    • Geordiegiants

      Mitro is a big miss!

      • Wor Lass

        Ha ha! Is that a bit like a big girl`s blouse?

        • Geordiegiants

          Aya that’s the one👍

          • Wor Lass

            Anyway, be careful. When I mentioned him to get you going the other day I copped for some flak!

      • Kenny

        he is better than the current garbage

        • Geordiegiants

          Your probably right, but the fact is many a manger dislikes a player the fans like and it’s why they get paid millions a year to make decisions and not us. Rafa clearly didn’t like him and wanted to move him on for a better player / player he wanted. He isn’t the first manger to want to do that and he won’t be the last. The thing is, he moves him on presuming he would be allowed to replace him with another striker. Which as we are all fully aware he never got. So regardless of Mitro being a decent striker or not it’s irrelevent anyway.

    • BanJones

      Mike tried his best, he wanted to smash the Michael Owen fee as our record but we were unlucky and couldn’t get them “over the line”, nobody wants to come to the North East and finally for a full house Raffa got his top targets – i’ll get my coat.

  • Kenny

    Looks like a waste of £9m, not one half decent striker at the club.

    • Wor Lass

      I wonder if he`ll put Sorensen in the squad? Could do worse (ie Trigger).

      • Kenny

        Worth a go

      • Abear53

        I think he might keep starting Muto, he’s not been too bad IMO…

  • German and English have a lot in common so Muto should be progressing well. I think we will see the best of Yoshi after January but there’s quality there. If we can only get better midfielders and wingers to help create better chances he will score even more. Him and Perez need to score in consecutive games to boost that confidence but can’t see that happening soon with the poor quality of aimless crosses and lack of 1-2s in the midfield play.

    • Wor Lass

      My son did German and French at A Level and reckoned German was way more difficult than French. Something to do with the tenses.

      • Kenny

        i find them both difficult, my grandad speaks fluent German & can get by in French

        • Wor Lass

          Je parle Franglais tres good!

          • Kenny

            no loss, i dont like the French

          • Leazes.

            They’re lovely, maybe not all of them….just some…. like everyone really.

        • Leazes.

          The German language seems to lack feeling…. or maybe that’s just Germans.

          …..’Ist das nicht ein Schnitzelbank?’
          Ja das ist ein Schnitzelbank….
          ….’get yerself to St James then…. it needs fixing’

      • The grammar is more difficult than French but speaking and reading the language is far simpler. If you are Japanese (which I know a bit of) you will be much easier learning a Slavik language rather than English/German or god forbids a language like French where you have a made-up numerical system and don’t pronounce half of the letters :D
        Japanese grammar is kindergarten simple but having 2 alphabets and using the 40,000+ Chinese Kanji in almost everything makes it a pain to learn to read and write, but conversing and grammar are easy as pie.

    • Kenny

      we needed a striker to hit the ground running, by the time he hits form
      if he does we could well be down.
      waste of money

      • That would set us back at least 40M in the current market and we don’t see that happening. I still don’t believe those bids for William Jose and Plea were real.

    • Abear53

      You think Rafa will keep on playing him from the start ?

  • Paul Patterson

    Wish the lad well, but a £10m player today is a £2m player five years ago. For a good striker, you have to spend £20m+.

    • Leazes.

      Didn’t Rafa say for £20m you get a striker who can run with the ball and knows where the goal is….but you need to double that for a striker who can score goals as well.

      • Paul Patterson

        He did, that’s why Arsenal paid double or more for Lacazette.

        • Abear53

          You think Rafa will start him against Saints ?

  • Leazes.

    I did think the season would start like this when I saw what Ashley was sanctioning.

    • Kenny

      he seems to enjoy it in some perverse way

    • Abear53

      You reckon Rafa will keep starting Muto ?

  • Abear53

    You guys reckon he’ll continue starting ??

  • GToon

    He said he didn’t expect that they would start the season like this and feels very sorry for the supporters. That funny because I fully excepted the team to start the season like this and I feel sorry for him. Oh well. At least we made a profit in the summer so it’s not all bad news.