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Muto: I want to make history at Newcastle

2 Aug 2018
Yoshinori Muto, Newcastle United

Striker proud to be the club's first Japanese player after being granted a work permit

After becoming Newcastle United's first Japanese player, Yoshinori Muto wants to make more history for the Magpies.

The striker, who helped Japan reach the last 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, was granted a work permit on Thursday.

He has signed an initial four-year contract at St James' Park following his move from German club Mainz.

Muto told Newcastle's official website: "As the first Japanese Newcastle United player, I am honoured to be a player for such a big club.

"I hope to achieve good results - that is what I am here to do. I would like to perform well and leave my name in Newcastle's history."

Japan's Premier League players
Player Club  Apps Goals
Maya Yoshida SOU 129 6
Shinji Okazaki LEI 93 14
Junichi Inamoto ARS/FUL/WBA 66 4
Shinji Kagawa MUN 38 6
Hidetoshi Nakata BOL 21 1
Ryo Miyaichi ARS/BOL/WIG 17 0
Kazuyuki Toda TOT 4 0
Okazaki target

The 26-year-old can become the eighth Japanese player to feature in the PL when Newcastle host Tottenham Hotspur in their season opener on Saturday 11 August.

Five of those players have scored at least one goal in the competition and Muto will no doubt aspire to reach Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki's total of 14 PL goals, the most by a Japanese player.

Muto is the third player from his country currently at a Premier League club, after Okazaki and Southampton defender Maya Yoshida.

See: Summer 2018 transfers - All the deals

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