Newcastle United have agreed to move on Yoshinori Muto, with The Chronicle revealing that the Japanese striker has been allowed to talk to interested clubs ahead of a potential summer exit.
The 28-year-old made the £9.5m move from Mainz in 2018, but news that he’s earning a surprise £54,000 per week mean he’s cost the club around £15m in total.
Considering he’s made just seven Premier League starts in that time and barely featured in 2020 – playing just four minutes since football resumed after lockdown – it seems Steve Bruce has decided to move him on.
The Chronicle also state that Muto ‘does not feel like he is part of the club’s plans moving forward’ and is now in talks with his agent over a move to Spain or Germany after receiving interest from unnamed clubs in La Liga and Italy.
With him fourth choice behind Joelinton, Gayle and Carroll, yet receiving over £200,000 per month in wages, it seems like the right decision for all involvement that we move him on and use any cash received to sign a more capable replacement.
He’s not been given a fair chance to show what he can do, but it perhaps says a lot that we’ve been crying out for a striker for a few years now yet neither Benitez or Bruce have had him anywhere near their starting 11.