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Yoshinori Muto leaves Newcastle United and signs for new club according to media in Japan

1 month ago

Media in Japan are reporting that Yoshinori Muto has left Newcastle United and signed for a new club.

The reports saying that a permanent transfer to Vissel Kobe has been agreed by the player and the two clubs.

Yoshinori Muto heading back to play his club football in Japan for an ‘undisclosed fee’ according to Japanese media.

A move to Aris FC was said to have broken down due to the Greek club not able to afford a transfer fee and only able to offer a less than ideal wage deal. Which would have meant Newcastle United having to pay money towards Muto’s wages for this next year, if they wanted to make the move happen.

Hopefully this transfer to Vissel Kobe will go ahead and allow NUFC and the player to move on.

However, difficult to see this deal generating money towards Newcastle United’s seemingly non-existent transfer kitty.

Yoshinori Muto has been back training in pre-season but his only time on the pitch in friendlies was 11 minutes in the defeat to sixth tier York.

Fair to say that Muto has not exactly been a massive success at Newcastle United.

Signed by Newcastle back in 2018 with United needing to add goals but Mike Ashley actually insisting on a profit in the summer 2018 window, Rafa Benitez took a punt on Yoshinori Muto for £9.5m.

The Bundesliga record for Yoshinori Muto with Mainz was: 4,422 minutes on the pitch, 48 starts and 18 sub appearances, 20 goals at an average of 221 minutes per goal.

Not a bad return for somebody not generally playing as the main striker, a goal on average around about once every two and a half games worth of playing time.

However, Yoshinori Muto has failed completely to adapt to the Premier League and three years later has managed only one Premier League game, playing only 723 minutes with seven PL starts and 18 substitute appearances.

Last season was spent on loan at Eibar, the Spanish minnows ended up bottom of La Liga and the Newcastle loan player only managed one league goal in 26 games, 13 as a starter and 13 as a sub.

Having turned 29 in July 2021 and with only one year left on his Newcastle contract, quite clearly Yoshinori Muto needed to move on, whilst NUFC desperately needed to clear him and other players not up to the job off the wage bill.

Not sighted at all in the squad on Friday night at Burton, hopes were raised that a move elsewhere could be in the offing.


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