Newcastle United have started their 2018-19 Premier League season with a defeat, as Rafa Benitez’s men were beaten 2-1 by Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Tyneside outfit were slightly unlucky not to get anything from the game, with the hosts striking the woodwork twice in the second half.
The Newcastle fans will be relatively encouraged by the performance however and will know that against more-modest opposition the points will come.
The league opener was a chance for the Magpie fans to get their first glimpses of new players, with both Salomon Rondon and Yoshinori Muto coming off the bench.
The Japan international signed for Newcastle from Mainz in a £9.5 million deal earlier this summer and will be charged with getting the goals to fire the club towards a successful campaign in 2018-19.
The north east fans have been taking to Twitter in the aftermath of the game to give their verdict on Muto, who looked likely and technically gifted in his 15-minute cameo against Tottenham.
Newcastle will hope that their new striker can make a major impact this season, with the majority calling for Muto to start the next game – here are the best tweets.
Muto defintely showed glimpses of his ability to find space, Rondon showed gilmpses of his physicality, Kenedy is an absolute baller, Ritchie is a nutter and Lascelles is a man mountain…we will be fine #nufc
— Danny Cascarino (@dannyjcascarino) August 11, 2018
1.Wingers need 2 play slightly further forward
2.We play back 2 GK way 2 often
3.Muto looks a real firecracker
4.Kenedy apart from chance he missed ABSOLUTE quality always looks 2 go fwd & not afraid 2 carry the ball
5.A fit Rondon will score goals
— ArmchairPundit (@AmateurPundit23) August 11, 2018
Muto and Rondon match fit look a dangerous partnership. Muto was incredibly lively and the only player who looked out of place was Atsu who hardly did anything of worth in his appearance. #nufc
— Pawns or Kings (@PawnsorKings) August 11, 2018
Lots… Kenedy…Rondons presence…. Muto looked busy…and we learned from our early defensive fragility…
On the other hand… Ayoze, Atsu…. And apart from a great header a non existent joselu…
— Ian McCartney (@beasty86) August 11, 2018
Definitely not superb today, he didn't have much influence on the game at all. But he's an important member of the squad, top scorer last season. I think in time, Muto will nudge ahead. He looks a clever player
— Laurent Alhadeff (@LaurentAlhadeff) August 11, 2018
Will be better once Rondon is fit but made a difference off the bench. Muto looked decent #NUFC
— Murray White (@Muzza_90) August 11, 2018
— August Teh (@RichTeh) August 11, 2018
— ✰ ᖇYᗩᑎ ✰ (@RyanIcardi99) August 11, 2018
Muto and rondon need to start next game
— Birnie01 (@ethanbirnie) August 11, 2018
– Kenedy and Ritchie were brilliant
– Muto and Rondon showed glimpses
– Confidence boost for Joselu
– A brave performance worthy of a point
– We're creating chances
– A cracking, united turnout for the Ashley protest#NUFC ⚫️⚪️
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) August 11, 2018
Rondon and muto partnership is decent. Hope we could see them from start for next match.#NUFC
— wa (@nadewata) August 11, 2018
Unlucky not to get at least a point there. Kenedy was class and Muto looked sharp i thought.. #NUFC
— Elliot◾◽ (@ElliotNufc) August 11, 2018
Thought we played well. Deserved something. Wastful/unlucky. Kenedy's chance the big one. Thought everyone played well. Muto plays the high press energetic football Rafa likes and Rondon looked dangerous but not match fit. Thought taking Ritchie off was the wrong choice. #nufc
— Shola's left foot (@mridley81) August 11, 2018
Kenedy impressive today, Rondon looks a handful and Muto very much in the Rafa mould working the channels in the final third. #NUFC
— Si (@SimonBlaquiere1) August 11, 2018
Muto was great when he came on.
— James (@j_mitchell92) August 11, 2018