Newcastle have signed Yoshinori Muto from Mainz on a four year deal for a fee believed to be around £9.5 million. The 26 year old forward has joined just as Newcastle sell Mitrovic to Fulham for around £20 million.
Yoshinori Muto has played for his country on 25 occasions, however has only found the back of the net on 2 occasions. He was named as part of the 23 man squad that went to Russia for the 2018 World Cup, however he made only one appearance, failing to make a significant impact.
Here’s what Muto has had to say about his move to Newcastle:
“I am very happy to be a member of Newcastle United. I am really looking forward to playing in-front of the fans. I heard from Maya Yoshida and Shinji Okazaki that Newcastle supporters are really enthusiastic, that the atmosphere in the stadium is immense. I felt that I would really like to play in-front of these wonderful fans.”
Fantasy Premier League Potential (6.0m)
Muto is known for his speed and work rate and last season he made 20 league starts for Mainz, where he managed to score 8 goals and provide 2 assists. In total, Muto had played 66 games for Mainz over 3 seasons, scoring 20 and assisting 4. Prior to this, Muto played his football in Japan for FC Tokyo where he made 51 appearances, scoring on 23 occasions.
Muto has been priced at £6.0m in Fantasy Premier League, £0.5m cheaper than Perez, but the same price as Gayle. This price does seem fair as his main competitor for a position in the starting eleven is likely to be Perez and it will be Perez’s place to lose. This is reflected by their TSB (team selected by %) in Fantasy Premier League – 3.8% vs 0.1%.
Newcastle’s first five fixtures are as follows; Tottenham (H), Cardiff (A), Chelsea (H), Manchester City (A), Arsenal (H). With this terrible run of fixtures, it is best to wait and see how Muto settles into the Premier League and whether or not he can nail down a starting position before bringing him in. As of gameweek 9 Newcastle’s fixtures improve and he could be one to consider.