This time, I introduce the career and play style of Japanese forward “Yoshinori Muto” who is a member of Japan national football team.
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Name：Yoshinori Muto (武藤 嘉紀)
Date of birth：July 15, 1992
Place of birth： Setagaya (世田谷区), Tokyo (東京都), Japan (日本)
Height：179 cm、Weight： 72 kg
Dominant foot：Right foot
Dominant arm : Left arm
Position： Forward (centre forward, winger) / Midfielder (Wide midfielder)
Current club： Newcastle United F. C.
Muto began to attend Buddy Sports Kindergarten from the age of 3 and joined the kindergarten soccer club from the age of 4. Buddy Sports Kindergartent is a facility for growing physical fitness of childhood, located mainly in Tokyo and Kanagawa prefecture of Japan.
He also began attending FC Tokyo ‘s soccer school from the fourth grade of elementary school and when he entered junior high school he joined the junior youth team of FC Tokyo. In addition, he began playing as a position of Wide midfielder or winger from this time. At the Prince Takamado Tournament U – 15 held in 2007, he scored 8 goals in second place in the scorer ranking, and FC Tokyo also advanced to the semi – finals. In addition, Yuki Kobayashi currently belonging to sc Heerenveen of Eredivisie participated as a member of Tokyo Verdy 1969 in this tournament.
In 2008 he was promoted to a youth team at the age of 16 and sometimes played in a full-back position taking advantage of his running power and tough physicals. In 2010, in the 18 year old season he again went back to wide midfielder or winger and played as the team’s mainstay. And that year, he was promoted to a senior team. FC Tokyo proposed him a professional contract the following year, he refused this proposal and entered Keio University’s Faculty of Economics because he recognized that his skill was missing as a professional player.
In 2011 he belonged to the football club of Keio University’s and played as the team’s ace player. In 2012, it was registered as a special designated player of FC Tokyo and began to participate in club practice. “Special designated player” means a talented player who is allowed to participate in training and matches of the J League club, among the players belonging to the soccer club of high school or university. There are Keisuke Honda (C. F. Pachuca), Yuto Nagatomo (F.C. Internazionale Milano) and Yuki Kobayashi (sc Heerenveen) for players who have registered as Special designated player in the past. In July 2013, Muto finally played in the official match of the J League.
In 2014, Muto signed a professional contract with FC Tokyo while studying at university. In the opening game of the J League, he made a start in the beginning. This was the first since Yuto Nagatomo did. In this season, he demonstrated his dribble and shoot skills, he played 39 matches and scored 14 goals. And after the end of the season he was elected the J – League ‘s best eleven. In the 2015 season he played 22 matches and scored 12 goals.
1. FSV Mainz 05
From March to April 2015, Muto received an offer from Chelsea F.C., 1. FSV Mainz 05 and the other two clubs. As a result of considering the opportunity of the match, he decided to join Mainz which presented the cheapest transfer money in the four clubs offered. At the beginning of the season, the Mainz director tried to make him play as a wide midfielder, but as a result of considering injured forward player and his ability, he became appointed as the lone striker. Because he tried hard as attack and defense as the lone striker, he ruptured the fibular collateral ligament on the right knee in a game with Hannover 96 on February 23, 2016. He returned in late March, but he ended his season as he again injured the same site during practice. After all, his results in the 2015 – 2016 season were 21 matches and 7 goals.
In the 2016 – 2017 season, he injured the right knee in the European league match held on September 29. Despite returning after 4 months, his result in this season was 19 matches and 5 goals.
In the 2017 – 2018 season, he played 27 matches and scored 8 goals in the Bundesliga.
Newcastle United F. C.
Muto moved to Newcastle United belonging to England’s Premier League on August 2, 2018. The club and his contract period was four years. He did not play as a starting players much in the game, but scored the first goal against Manchester United.
Muto first participated in the matche as a member of the Japan national football team was against Uruguay, held on September 5, 2014. He scored for the first time in the match against Venezuela five days later. He also participated in the Japan team of 2015 AFC Asian Cup and assisted Shinji Kagawa in a group stage against Jordan. However, in the quarter-final against the United Arab Emirates he missed the opportunity of goal and the team also lost.
Muto was elected Japan representative to participate in 2018 FIFA World Cup. He could not play in the group stage against Colombia and Senegal. Genki Haraguchi was a player who played as right wide midfilder instead of Muto in the two games.
He played in the game as a starting member in the third game against Poland. His position was center forward. He struck a few shots, but failed to score and replaced Makoto Hasebe in the second half 37 minutes. Muto did not participate in the game in Round of 16 against Belgium.
Muto was elected to the Japan national team to participate in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup held in January 2019. He had no opportunity to play for Turkmenistan in the first stage of the group stage. In the second game against Oman, he started on the bench, but he played in place of Koya Kitagawa from the second half. In the third game against Uzbekistan he participated as a starting member and socred the goal for the first time in three years and three months.
In the round of 16 Saudi Arabia game he played as a starting member, but failed to score and replaced with Koya Kitagawa at the added time of second half. Muto was not given the opportunity to play in the quarter-finals Vietnam game and the semi-final against Iran. In the final against Qatar he started with a bench, but in the latter half of 17 minutes he took the place of Genki Haraguchi. After he began to play, Japan made several opportunities that they could score and eventually Takumi Minamino scored. However, Maya Yoshida later took a foul from the handball in the penalty area by VAR and lost a point.
style of play
First of all, please watch this video.
[ Yoshonori Muto – Goals, Skills & Assists – 2015 -2016 ]
[ Yoshinori Muto’s play in match with Hertha BSC Berlin on September 23, 2017 ]
[ Yoshinori Muto’s play in match with Hannover 96 on August 20, 2017 ]
Muto’s style of play is summarized below.
・He is in a good position to get a pass from his teammate near the goal.
・Although he is a striker, he can also devote his power to defense.
・His weak point is playing from the state with the defender on his back.
Muto is not a regular player of Japan national football team. However, if he gets good results in Mainz, he may be trusted by the director Vahid Halilhodići than his rivals Shinji Okazaki, Yuya Kubo and Takuma Asano in the Japanese team. As Yuya Osako and Genki Haraguchi are currently of high importance to Halilhodžić, it is difficult for Muto to take the position from the two.
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