Steve Bruce hints at recall for forgotten Newcastle United player

Yoshinori Muto has “never had a fair crack of the whip” at Newcastle United.

Wednesday, 10th June 2020, 10:17 am

That was the view of Steve Bruce after Muto scored in a 3-2 behind-closed-doors win over Middlesbrough at the club’s training ground yesterday.

Miguel Almiron and Joelinton were also on target for Newcastle in the game, which was staged as the team prepares for next week’s Premier League restart.

Muto has only made seven top-flight starts since signing from Mainz in the summer for 2018 for £9.5million. However, Bruce, United’s head coach, has hinted that the 27-year-old striker will have a role to play in the club’s remaining games this season.

Yoshinori Muto.

“I think he’s never really had a fair crack of the whip,” Bruce told NUFC TV. “He trains every day as if it’s his last, and scores a goal (against Middlesbrough), so let’s hope that helps him in the next six weeks, or whatever we’ve got to go to finish off the season.”