Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has claimed that the club’s striker Yoshinori Muto could do with leaving the club to play regular football.
The Japan international moved to St James’ Park for £9.5million (Sky Sports) two years ago, but has been unable to make the impact he may have hoped.
Muto, 28, has often been starved of regular first-team minutes and certainly been unable to cement a spot in the starting XI during his two years on Tyneside.
The centre-forward played just 10 games across all competitions last season, scoring one goal in an EFL Cup second round defeat to Leicester City.
Bruce has been quite honest in assessment on Friday in his press conference and explained that Muto needs to go elsewhere to play regular football, but it’s unclear on if he meant he should be sold or leave on loan.
“Yoshi is a smashing lad. It hasn’t gone as well for him as I’m sure he’d have liked but he’s the ultimate pro. He probably needs to go somewhere and play. It’s not healthy that he’s not going to be involved,” Bruce said, as quoted by the Chronicle.
Despite the fact he’s got great energy and a desire to succeed, Muto has been unable to make a breakthrough at Newcastle and the arrival of Callum Wilson should only push him further down the pecking order.
Bruce may be suggesting that the Japanese striker is offloaded on a permanent basis, but they will have to find a suitor for him and perhaps they would need to take a loss on his £9.5million cost.