Muto with Mainz in 2015
|Full name||Yoshinori Muto|
|Date of birth||15 July 1992|
|Place of birth||Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:55, 30 September 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:41, 1 February 2019 (UTC)
He started his career with J1 League club FC Tokyo in 2013 who he played with for three seasons. In May 2015, he signed for German club Mainz 05 where he amassed 72 appearances and scored 23 goals before moving to Premier League club Newcastle United in August 2018.
As a child, Muto joined FC Tokyo's youth system, where he kept developing until 2010. He then enrolled in the Faculty of Economics of Keio University but kept playing football, for Keio's team. Despite an injury which sidelined him, in his first season with Keio he won the "Rookie of the Year" title.
In 2012 and 2013, FC Tokyo included him in their roster as a "Special Designated Player", an option that allows J-League clubs to field university players without a professional contract. However, he got on the pitch just once, at the end of a match in July 2013.
In 2014, he signed his first professional contract with FC Tokyo and was given the shirt number 14. Coach Massimo Ficcadenti decided to use him from the first league round and, at the end of the season, Muto reached 33 appearances and scored 13 goals, matching the top debut record in the Japanese first division. At the end of the season, he was part of the J-League's Best XI.
On 30 May 2015, Muto joined Bundesliga club Mainz 05 on a four-year contract until 2019. On 31 October 2015, he scored a hat-trick for the first time in his career and also became the second Japanese player after Naohiro Takahara to score a hat-trick in the Bundesliga, in his team's 3–3 draw against FC Augsburg.
Premier League club Newcastle United announced on 27 July 2018 that they had reached a deal to sign Muto, pending him being granted a UK work permit. He was granted the work permit on 2 August, officially becoming a Newcastle player on a four-year contract as part of a £9.5 million fee.
Muto made his debut for Japan on 5 September 2014 in a 2–0 friendly defeat to Uruguay at the Sapporo Dome, replacing Yusuke Minagawa after 58 minutes. Four days later at Yokohama's Nissan Stadium he scored his first international goal, coming on as a half-time substitute against Venezuela and scoring the first goal of a 2–2 draw six minutes later.
- As of match played on 12 May 2019
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|F.C. Tokyo||2013||J1 League||1||0||0||0||0||0||—||1||0|
|1. FSV Mainz 05||2015–16||Bundesliga||20||7||1||0||—||—||21||7|
|Newcastle United||2018–19||Premier League||17||1||0||0||1||0||—||18||1|
- Appearances in UEFA Europa League
- As of match played 28 June 2018
- As of match played 17 January 2019. Japan score listed first, score column indicates score after each Muto goal.
|1||9 September 2014||Nissan Stadium, Yokohama, Japan||2||Venezuela||1–0||2–2||Friendly|
|2||13 October 2015||Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran||17||Iran||1–1||1–1|
|3||17 January 2019||Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates||27||Uzbekistan||1–1||2–1||2019 AFC Asian Cup|
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