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Yoshinori Muto only sees one route back into Newcastle United first team

11 months ago
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Yoshinori Muto hasn’t had it easy this season.

Rafa Benitez’ most expensive [£9.5m] signing last summer, Newcastle fans were looking forward to see what he could do.

Giving him time to integrate, the striker got his first Premier League start at Old Trafford and scored in that unlucky 3-2 defeat, putting in a promising performance.

However, only four more PL starts have followed, playing only 462 minutes of league football this season.

Injury has also played a small part in the lack of games and then the Asian Cup came around, which then coincided with Newcastle’s form improving.

However, Rafa Benitez rotated his bench on Saturday at West Ham and Yosinori Muto has revealed that the plan was for him to get some time on the pitch coming off the bench. Only for Sean Longstaff’s injury to upset the equation and he had to use an unexpected substitute, Diame on for the second half.

With the game almost certainly lost at two down and both players on yellow cards, Schar and Hayden were subbed in the second half, Dummett and Atsu brought on and Muto left sitting.

Looking on the brighter side, the Japanese international is seeing his first inclusion in the matchday squad for nine weeks as a positive.

As for getting back into the first team, Yoshinori Muto sees only one route…’I will continue to train well at the training ground and wait for an opportunity to present itself.’

Yoshinori Muto has found life tough this season:

“It has been really tough [this season].

“I expected to play in the West Ham match but I couldn’t…

“I would like to think so [that returning to bench v West Ham is a positive].

“It wasn’t my day at West Ham, as I lost my chance to play due to the injury that occurred [to Sean Longstaff].

“I think it is important that I remain positive and I need to be patient.

“I am the type of person who is not good at giving in.

“I will continue to train well at the training ground and wait for an opportunity to present itself.

“During the Asian Cup I spoke to [Southampton’s] Maya Yoshida and we realised that as this is a very important phase in the season, it may be more difficult to get the position back.

“I was quite confident to get my position back but the situation is worse than I expected, as the team did well without me.”

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