Still no look in for Muto at Newcastle despite extended sub spots


Yoshinori Muto has struggled to win a place in the Newcastle United starting lineup this season, but after the announcement that allocated sub allowance would be extended from three to five, there was some hope he would get some game time. 

Muto named on the bench but still has no minutes on the pitch after Project Restart

Since Project Restart commenced and the Premier League got back underway to finish the remaining nine matches of the season, Newcastle United have played three home matches. A 3-0 victory over Sheffield United, followed by a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa, along with this he was in the squad for the sides defeat against Man City in the FA Cup. 

Despite being in the squad his place was firmly on the nice comfy seats at St James' where he stayed for the full 90 minutes for all of these matches. 

It seems like Muto won't get much playing time between now and the end of the season. Considering the massive lack of goals from Newcastle's attack this season, its beggar's belief he hasn't been given more opportunities to show what he can do. 

His energy can definitely bring an element to the side that is currently provided by Saint Maximan and Almiron, regardless of good or bad performances, it seems that the aforementioned duo is far ahead of him in contention for a starting spot. 

Then there is Joelinton, who has struggled to find the net all season, although he did manage to score against Sheffield United for only his second goal of the season, it's mad how much of a prolonged spell he has had in the first 11.

With Gayle coming off the bench against Villa and scoring with pretty much his first interaction in any part of Newcastle's play, will surely mean that this action has pushed Muto even further down the pecking order. Although after Gayle's his miss against Man City in the FA Cup you would think his place his side is also in question. 

If Muto leaves Newcastle in the close season it would be no surprise

Muto has barely had any playing time since joining Newcastle at the start of the season. This has seen him lose his squad place in the Japanese national side, and only rightly so. You cannot keep picking players for the national squad who aren't even playing for their club side, something countries like England could learn from.

His massive lack of matches since moving to the North East will no doubt eventually see him looking for a way out of the club. It would be no surprise to anyone if he did leave in the summer.

Then with the current COVID-19 situation, selling teams could be making a loss on players and this will be much the case when Muto moves on. As to get back into the Japan squad he will have a fight on his hands and to even start that battle he needs to be getting regular football at his club.

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