Newcastle United supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their side suffer a third Premier League defeat of the campaign at the weekend.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash with champions Manchester City having picked up just one point from their opening three league games, drawing 0-0 with Cardiff City alongside defeats at home to Tottenham and Chelsea. And the Magpies were unable to record their first win of the campaign on Saturday as well as goals from Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker either side of a DeAndre Yedlin equaliser sealed all three points for Pep Guardiola’s team.
As such, there have been many disappointed Newcastle fans up and down the country in recent times, although they will be hoping that some of the summer signings can hit the ground running in the coming weeks in a bid to climb the table.
And the addition of 26-year-old striker Yoshinori Muto is one that has intrigued Newcastle supporters, with the Japan international the man tasked with helping to solve the Magpies’ obvious striking woes.
Ultimately, the North East giants were pretty poor in front of goal last season in netting just 39 goals from their 38 Premier League matches, with Ayoze Perez finishing as the club’s top-scorer with only ten.
And with the likes of Dwight Gayle and Joselu unable to get amongst the goals as regularly as needed, it was clear that Benitez needed to invest in the striking department over the summer, with 26-year-old Muto one man he lured to St James’ Park.
The Japan international had been playing his football at German side Mainz and certainly produced the goods in the Bundesliga in netting 23 goals in 72 appearances for the club, ten of which came in his final season to help Mainz to a 14th place finish in the German top-flight.
And with plenty of goals during his time in his homeland with FC Tokyo, the 26-year-old has scored goals at both clubs he has previously been at to suggest that he could well be an asset to Benitez going forward this term, even if he hasn’t quite been afforded the opportunity to do that just yet.
And while Salomon Rondon also made the move to St James’ Park during the summer, with Gayle going the other way to West Brom, it’s unlikely that the Venezuela international will be the man they look towards to get the goals on a regular basis – he has yet to reach double figures in a season during his time in English football.
As such, it appears that the pressure is firmly on the 25-times Japan international to deliver the goods, and thus solve Newcastle’s striking woes.
Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!