Rafa Benitez has a selection dilemma on his hands. Newcastle United’s club-record signing Miguel Almiron is injured and will miss the final three games of the season.
Although he is yet to score or provide an assist since his January move, the lively Paraguayan has looked bright and has played his part in Newcastle’s survival bid.
But now Benitez needs to look at replacing him for the final three games. Several Newcastle fringe players will have their sights set on Almiron’s spot in the starting line-up.
Christian Atsu is the favourite to take the role. The Ghana international has been hit-and-miss for Newcastle and he can be frustrating to watch at times.
But instead of selecting Atsu, perhaps it is time for Benitez to consider recalling Yoshinori Muto to the starting line-up.
The Japan international has only started five Premier League matches since his summer move from Mainz but now could be his time to shine.
Muto is a versatile attacking player and he can operate out wide or through the middle. Almiron plays alongside Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon so Muto could slot into that role with ease.
The 26-year-old has looked promising when given the opportunity. But with three games left, Benitez needs to think ahead to next season and let Muto stake his first-team claim.