Date: 24th August 2019 at 9:00am
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EXCLUSIVE

Darren Bent has blasted Newcastle United forward Yoshinori Muto for coming out and commenting on the tactics employed by manager Steve Bruce.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Sunderland and England striker says he can understand where the Japanese international is coming from when he says he felt “isolated” against Norwich, but insisted it was a conversation that needed to take place behind closed doors.

Muto, who came on as a substitute against the Canaries in the 3-1 defeat, spoke out about a lack of support up front at Carrow Road and says the tactics meant he was often left surrounded by Norwich players.

Bent sympathised somewhat with the Newcastle striker but criticised him for voicing his concerns, suggesting it ramps up the ever-building pressure on his manager.

Bent told Football Insider: “It’s never good because it’s like he’s blaming Bruce’s tactics. I get what he means by being isolated. 

“That’s something you have a conversation with your manager, say that the way that you’re playing, you’re not going to score goals. Him coming out and saying that, he’s putting a little bit more pressure on the manager.

“Then Newcastle fans will be like: ‘See, it’s Bruce’s fault, even the players don’t like his tactics,’ and it’s just another unnecessary problem that they don’t need.”

Muto has struggled to establish himself as a first-team regular at St James’ Park since his arrival from German side Mainz, with just one goal in 19 appearances.

He has managed to start just five games for the Magpies, his last appearance in the starting line up coming against Liverpool in December 2018.

In other Newcastle United news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider he has not been impressed with one Magpies star who has “flattered to deceive.”