Newcastle must make a ruthless call on Yoshinori Muto this summer amid Lee Ryder’s transfer update.
The Japan international currently finds himself on loan at Spanish side SD Eibar, and it appears the Magpies have got the perfect chance to get rid this summer.
According to The Chronicle’s Ryder, Muto has suggested he is open to staying at the La Liga club for next season, and given that his contract at St James’ Park expires in the summer of 2022, this could be the Magpies’ final opportunity to get some money in for him.
Muto scored just once in 17 Premier League appearances during his first season at St James’ Park, and it just didn’t get any better for him after that – in fact, his total record for Newcastle since his arrival is 28 games played, and just two goals scored.
And it was a move that talkSPORT pundit Darren Gough certainly wasn’t a big fan of, saying: “He (Benitez) went and got Muto. I’m no football expert but at the start of the season I thought ‘that could probably turn out to be the worst signing of the season’.
“He’s scored one goal for them, not really settled in well, has he? £9.5m you spend on just someone. Did he bring him in to start or to just come off the bench?”
The £54k-a-week earning Muto has just been a complete and utter disaster for the Magpies, and this summer should see Mike Ashley make a ruthless call and get rid of the Japanese ace.
The striker’s desire to stay at Eibar has given the Tyneside club a chance to sell him and make some money before he is able to leave on a free transfer next year.
Any kind of money, however little, would still come as a boost for Steve Bruce’s summer transfer plans.