Criticism comes in for Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley on a regular basis. But one aspect you have to applaud him for is his tight stronghold on wages – Ayoze Perez only reportedly earns £45,000 a week.
That is according to Spotrac. They report that Jonjo Shelvey tops the salaries for Newcastle’s playing squad, earning £70,000 a week. In second, it is summer signing Yoshinori Muto on £54,000 a week.
The Chronicle claimed Japan international Muto cost Newcastle £9.5million. He joined after the sale of Aleksandar Mitrovic, with Rafa Benitez looking to make the Japanese star a cheaper replacement for the Serbian powerhouse.
Fast forward just over six months, and it has been a dismal spell on Tyneside for Muto. The striker has scored just one goal in a 3-2 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
He has managed just 12 appearances for the Tyneside club all season. Indeed, the former Mainz striker has managed just one appearance since the turn of the year – coming on for the last nine minutes in a 2-0 loss to Manchester United.
Below the pecking order behind the likes of Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez, Muto has only made the bench for one of Newcastle’s last five games. Prior to that, he missed four games to partake in the Asian Cup.
At such a high wage, he needs to be one of the most consistent performers in Newcastle’s starting eleven. Right now, he cuts a frustrated figure that does not even make matchday squads.
He looks unlikely to make another appearance this season and Benitez seriously has to consider offloading the flop striker this summer, in order to generate funds for new purchases.