Leeds United officially announced the signing of Japanese star, Yosuke Ideguchi, on a four-year deal via Twitter this morning.
The deal, which sees the midfielder become the first footballer from Japan to play for Leeds United, has left fans puzzled after it was confirm that he’d be joining Spanish Segunda Division side, Cultural Leonesa, for the remainder of the season.
Originally, the move to Spain seemed the only viable option for Ideguchi, as it was believed the 21-year-old would struggle to obtain a work permit under FA rules. However, as mentioned by Phil Hay (below), acquiring a permit to play in the UK wouldn’t have been an issue for Ideguchi; which has caused Leeds United fans to question the decision to still loan the player out.
The untimely six-game ban that Samuel Saiz faces following a red card against Newport County in the FA Cup is also a factor that is leaving people to scratch their head at the decision.
Leeds fans react to Ideguchi going out on loan
The club have really fucked this Ideguchi deal up. You don't sign a highly regarded player in Japan, on a World Cup year no less, out on loan to a Spanish team fighting relegation in the second division. That exposure leading up to a World Cup would be huge for the club. https://t.co/dbwXlIPWL3— We Are Leeds (@weareleeds_) January 9, 2018
Would any other Championship club on the brink of the play-offs in need of some injection sign a player of international pedigree and loan him out to a struggling Spanish team?— JWC (@TheJackyCalv) January 9, 2018
Ideguchi going to Spain even though he is receiving a work permit??? 👀🧐 I’m all for loaning out players who need playing time, but I would have thought he at least would make it right into the 18. Odd one that. #lufc— Alan (@AlanFromCLE) January 8, 2018
We are crying out for another cm in alongside Vieira why not give him till end of the month to train and impress if not loan him on 31st Jan— Bryn Johnson (@BrynLufc) January 9, 2018
What is the point of signing a player then sending him out straight away on loan we need to sort out the present problems…MOT— Eddie (@edreall) January 9, 2018
Having been knocked out of the FA Cup at the same stage as last season, Leeds United currently occupy sixth place in the Championship and will have to live without their stay player for the six games.
A lack of January investment last season and in 2012 when Leeds United finished seventh has been seen as a key factor as to why the Mighty Whites have been unable to last the duration in a 46-game season.
So, it begs the question – why loan out a player who will be playing in the World Cup in Russia when the cracks are starting to show that previously proved costly for a club and a fan base that is desperate to return to the Premier League?
Why not have your say on the signing of Yosuke Ideguchi and the decision to loan him out. Do you think it’s a good idea? Or are you of the opinion that one of Japan’s most promising players deserves an immediate crack at the Championship?
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