Yoshinori Muto interesting Eibar, as he faces not being given a squad number

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Yoshinori Muto looks like he could be making a loan move to Spanish side Eibar, as there is no chance at all that he will feature for Steve Bruce's Newcastle United.


Muto risks not getting a squad place at Newcastle if he cannot get a move

Muto has been informed by Steve Bruce that he is not a part of his plans for the upcoming season, and he should try to facilitate a move away from Tyneside. If he cannot find a club to make a move for him, he risks being without a squad number, and not being able to play football again until the next transfer window when he would have to hope a club would be willing to take a punt on him. 

Muto has never really had a run of games in the side and seemingly has been asked to make an impression in a few cameo appearances. His one standout game for Newcastle came away at Manchester United, where it looked like he could turn into an astute signing from Rafa Benitez as he put in a high energy shift, getting himself on the scoresheet in the process.

Not long after this game, however, he was selected in Japan's Asian Cup squad and after he returned from that tournament in the UAE, he never once had a proper peek in at Newcastle regardless of what forward options were or weren't available. 

Since Bruce replaced Benitez, there have been large chunks of the season where Muto wasn't even selected on the bench, and it has been clear for some time now that he has no choice but to leave Newcastle as Bruce has promoted buying British (in a very Brexit like recruitment) as he looks to buy players who he believes will offer reliability and know-how in the Premier League. Bruce looks set on taking no more gambles on players from abroad for the foreseeable. 

This leaves Muto firmly out of the picture, and with no route back into the Newcastle matchday squads, he has no alternative but to leave or faces the very real risk of going into the season not being selected as one of the Newcastle's 25 man squad.


Eibar could throw a lifeline Muto's way

News that Eibar is interested in taking Muto to Spain could come as music to his very ears. There aren't many people around the world who would be happy to not be named in the squad for the season. Despite people always banging on about players being happy to sit on the bench and collect a fat wedge, I don't believe that many are happy to do so. 

He will definitely not be happy to do so, as the horrid time at Newcastle has lost him his Japanese squad place, and as Japan are nailed on pretty much to qualify for every World Cup, this means he is looking highly likely to miss out on the Qatar World Cup unless he suddenly starts getting games and performing. 

If Muto does get a move to Eibar, he now finds himself so far down the Japanese pecking order for forwarding options that it is hard to see him being selected for the World Cup even if he does well. 

He would have to be playing like a machine and hammering in goals for fun to fight his way back into the Japanese squad before the World Cup rolls around, unless Coronavirus delays it for a year like other competitions then he may be in luck. 

Moving to Spain would likely be a good move for him, as European sides seem to be better suited for Asian players, especially in the minds of the managers picking the teams. It seems that in countries like Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium and Holland, the skills that players bring with them from their experience in their home nations are more valued than in England where giving 'blood and thunder' for the cause week in, week out are seen as vital. 

In my opinion, Muto would be willing to give 'blood and thunder' week in, week out but you always hear the nonsense from the media of 'will he be able to cut the mustard in England due to the physical nature of the league'. 

Whatever is the reason behind the player not being wanted by Newcastle, if he does make the move to Spain, then the technical nature of Spanish football is a lot more in tune with that of the J-League and Japan, as both leagues are very technical. We hope Muto gets his loan move and doesn't end up stuck without any chance of game time because he isn't selected in the Newcastle squad.   

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