Speaking to the Japanese media prior to his flight from Tokyo this morning, soon-to-be Newcastle United striker Yoshinori Muto has admitted that he is aiming to score at least ’10 goals’ in his debut season in England.
Interestingly, the 26-year old is yet to actually hit double figures across his three seasons with Mainz – despite his handy record of 20 goals and 10 assists in 66 Bundesliga games.
Speaking ahead of his imminent move to Newcastle, here’s the goal target he’s set himself ahead of his first season in England:
“My goal is to net 10 goals, a number I haven’t reached during a season (overseas).”
“I believe I’ll grow as a player if I put myself in a competitive environment,”
He bagged 26 goals in 61 games in Japan for Tokyo FC, which saw him earn a £2.5m move to Mainz in the summer of 2015, but he is yet to be prolific following his move to one of Europe’s top leagues.
That being said, his goals to game record in a tough German league is still quite impressive. He managed 7 goals and 4 assists in 20 appearances in 2015/16 (his debut season), got 6 goals and 2 assists in 19 games in 2016/17 and another 8 goals and 4 assists last season (2017/18).
He’s yet to be prolific, but there’s only so much you can expect from a £9.5m striker in this day and age.
Good luck to the lad – let’s get right behind him!
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