Date: 16th July 2019 at 7:00am
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Yoshinori Muto has divided opinion amongst the Newcastle fanbase after the club sent him birthday wishes on Twitter.

Their official page tweeted: “Happy 27th birthday, @yoshimuto18.” Some supporters believe the player should be sold whilst others want to see him in the team next season.

The Japan international arrived on Tyneside last summer after completing a £9.63million transfer from German outfit Mainz.

While playing for the Bundesliga side he scored 23 goals and provided 11 assists in 72 matches. In contrast, he managed just one goal in his 17 Premier League games last season.

Whoever takes over at St James’ Park will find the options in the striking department are limited. After selling Ayoze Perez, refusing to activate Salomon Rondon’s release clause and Joselu’s departure, Muto and Dwight Gayle are the only recognised senior attackers left in the squad.

Despite his lack of goals in a black and white shirt, some fans want the forward to be given more opportunities, yet other supporters believe he is not good enough.

Some took to Twitter to share their views on the player, one stated ‘give the lad a chance this season’ whilst another felt at 27, he has ‘no sell on value, get him sold now while there’s still a chance to breakeven.’

 
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