Rafa Benitez admits it’s a ‘pity’ he can’t play Yoshinori Muto more, insisting he ‘always’ works hard, closes down and shows good movement.
This comes after his rare appearance off the bench at Bournemouth over the weekend, with Rafa also revealing that he and ‘two or three’ other first team hopefuls have been training ‘so well’ – but are struggling to break into his side.
Here’s what Rafa’s had to say about Muto following his late cameo on Saturday, suggesting he’s one of several players who’ve been unlucky to miss out recently:
“Obviously he didn’t have too much time, but we have two or three players who are training so well, and it is a pity that you cannot play them.
“When he came on he, as always, was working really hard, was chasing players, was running into the spaces, so it’s what we were expecting from him.”
“I think he’s getting better in terms of the understanding with his team-mates because he is having English lessons, so he can communicate much better,”
“Nobody ever worries about his workrate and how dynamic he is during games and training sessions.”
Unless there’s an injury I don’t see the likes of Atsu, Muto or Kenedy replacing Almiron, Rondon or Perez any time soon, but it sounds like he’s doing all he can to impress Rafa and force his way back into his plans.
Here’s what the Japanese international had to say himself following his rare appearance on Saturday – with his 10 minute cameo being his first minutes since January 2nd: