Rafa Benitez signing “wants to leave” NUFC after 8 starts in 18 months – Report

According to the Telegraph’s Luke Edwards, Newcastle United striker Yoshinori Muto “wants to leave” the club in January.

The Japanese international arrived for a fee in the region of £9m last summer, however has managed just EIGHT starts in all competitions since making the move from Mainz.

I’ve often felt he’s never been given a run in the side to really show what he’s capable of, yet I can’t help but wonder just where he’d fit into this team.

He’s not a winger, so won’t be displacing Saint-Maximin or Almiron anytime soon, yet his size and style of play suggests he’d struggle to play in that lone striker role Joelinton is currently occupying.

He has pace, energy and decent movement, but with him currently behind Joelinton, Gayle and Carroll in the pecking order – something that saw him miss out on Steve Bruce’s squad entirely last weekend – you can’t help but wonder if we’ll cash in this winter should a reasonable offer arrive.

Muto bagged 10 goals and 5 assists in Germany’s top flight the season before he signed, but with two goals in 24 games in a black and white shirt and few memorable displays, it may be best for all parties if he’s sold in January should his game time continue to be non existent.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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