Steve Bruce has dropped a rather big hint on the future of Yoshinori Muto at Newcastle United as he said in his post-match press conference after the 0-0 Premier League draw away at Brighton and Hove Albion at the AMEX stadium (via The Shields Gazette) that he is a ‘great pro’ who ‘trains well’, adding that he has got no problems or issues with him.
He also suggested that he plans to sit down with the player shortly to discuss his future. Indeed, these positive comments could be a hint that Bruce may want Muto to stay in the North East, despite his lack of game time so far at St. James’ Park.
The 28-year old has only managed to play in 28 games in all competitions over the past two seasons, scoring just two goals, according to Transfermarkt.
For a man who cost £9.63 million from German team Mainz back in the summer transfer window of 2018, perhaps Muto would have expected to play in more matches and the Tyneside club themselves may have expected a better goal return.
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Nevertheless, it seems as if the Japanese international may be handed a lifeline by Bruce. However, he will surely have to outperform his fellow strikers at the Magpies if he is to see more minutes on the pitch.
Muto has failed to register a goal or an assist in the Premier League so far in the 2019/20 season, whereas Andy Carroll, Dwight Gayle and Joelinton have at least managed one or the other, as per Whoscored.
He has also averaged the fewest shots and key passes per game in the top flight so far (via the website).
However, the latest comments from Bruce may give Muto an opportunity to revitalise his career at the Toon, and thus become an important player for NUFC in the future.
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