Benitez Wants Aerial Improvement From Muto

Benitez Wants Aerial Improvement From Muto

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Rafael Benitez says he is happy with Yoshinori Muto although the Newcastle boss would like to see the forward improve in the air. Japan international Muto arrived at St James’ Park in the summer from Mainz and has started the Magpies’ last three Premier League games, with the forward scoring in the 3-2 defeat to Manchester United.

The 26-year-old has provided some much-needed energy into Newcastle’s forward line although the north-east outfit are still searching for their first league win of the campaign, having taken just three points from a possible 30.

With Salomon Rondon returning to action as a substitute in the 0-0 draw at Southampton on Saturday, Benitez may decide to partner the Venezuelan with Muto in the clash against Watford this weekend.

The Spanish tactician, who is yet to sign a new contract despite entering the final year of his current deal, has been happy with Muto’s impact although the manager feels there are aspects he can work on.

“Muto worked hard as well,” Benitez told the Chronicle. “We needed hard work from the strikers and we needed pace. I am happy with Muto. He has to learn about English football especially when challenging in the air. But he is working hard and I am happy with him.”

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