Santi Muñoz looks back fondly on Newcastle stint
The striker from Santos Laguna will seek to earn a place in the first team of the ‘Guerreros’.
Santiago Muñoz lived the European dream very early in his career. The Santos Laguna striker joined Newcastle United on an 18-month loan while still a teenager but unfortunately, chances to consolidate a regular place in side were few and far between during his time in the north east of England could not consolidate. In spite of that, the Mexican player looks back fondly on his spell with the Magpies and is thankful for the opportunity they gave him. The 20-year-old hopes to have more activity with Santos Laguna’s first team.
Muñoz spoke about his experience in England In a press conference this week: “I have returned as a much more mature player, a very different player from the one who left here. I take my time in Newcastle as a master’s degree and I thank the club for helping me and giving an opportunity at such a young age,” he said.
“I learned a lot during the time that I was there as a player. I grew as a person and the philosophy of the club helped me to give me a start outside of my country at a young age. It helped me as a person and I’ve come back with all the desire, motivation and willingness to give everything and repay the club for what they have given me,” he continued.
International dreams with Mexico
Muñoz hopes to catch Diego Cocca’s eye in the not too distant future: “I have returned with a lot of desire to do well at this club and be able to contribute the best I have to give, be it with goals, encouragement or whatever is needed to help the team,” he added.
“I want to make history at this club - a club that has given me everything since I was a kid. I feel that I owe them something and that is what I want to show. I want the same thing with the national team; I am clear about my objectives in the national team and look forward to this summer’s U20 World Cup,” Muñoz ended.
The Santos Laguna player was a runner-up at the Under-17 World Cup in 2019 with Mexico, in a side which featured Eugenio Pizzuto from Braga, Emilio Lara from América and Víctor Guzmán from Rayados.