Following last night’s 0-0 pre-season draw with Porto, Rafa Benitez spoke out about Yoshinori Muto’s arrival at the club – insisting that the Japanese striker has ‘good movement’ and the ‘quality’, ‘energy’ and ‘intensity’ to be a success in the Premier League.
The 26-year old signed for the club on Friday subject to work permit, with him costing the club £9.5m from Bundesliga side Mainz – where he’s scored 20 goals in 66 games over the past three seasons.
Rafa insisted that the Japanese striker has performed well in Germany in recent seasons, stating that he should not have ‘any problem’ adapting to life in England following his big move this summer.
Here’s what he’s had to say when asked about the striker’s arrival at the club:
“Muto is done but it’s just waiting for the work permit. He played in the World Cup in a good team.
“He has done well in the Bundesliga so we are talking about a striker that is doing well in the last few years at international level.
“He has quality & can bring us energy & good movement plus the intensity you need.
“I don’t see any problem with him.”
Time will tell if he is able to deliver the goals we’ve sorely lacked over the past year, but Rafa’s mention of his quality, his ‘good movement’, his energy and his ‘intensity’ is very promising – traits that will all bode well in a Benitez team.
We now pride ourself on team work and high effort levels, so if Muto can offer a blend of ‘quality’ and ‘energy’ then he should fit in a treat.
Here’s him in action for those who may be yet to catch a glimpse of him:
Yoshinori Muto – Welcome to Newcastle pic.twitter.com/pgZXOPwgQK
— j (@jbxnufc) July 26, 2018