Leeds United’s capture of Japan star Yosuke Ideguchi came initially from words spoken by Director of Football Victor Orta in a Facebook Live cast, and these words were then added to by comments from the player himself carried by Yahoo Japan.

Now the rising star from the Land of the Rising Sun has been announced as a Leeds United player, before being sent out of loan to Cultural Leonesa who play in Spain’s La Liga 2 competition. Cultural are fighting to stay in the second tier, Ideguchi adding a soupçon of steel and class to the Spanish side.

It was a whistle-stop signing for the Whites, Ideguchi stopping off at Elland Road earlier this week before jetting out to Spain with his entourage. The combative defensive midfielder was unveiled by the Castile y León-based side this afternoon.

Victor Orta, speaking to the Leeds United website said, “He is a traditional box to box player who is as comfortable winning balls as he is arriving to score goals. He has the stamina and the intelligence to be successful in England – and to be an international footballer at 21 years of age, shows his promise.”

Ideguchi will gain valuable match experience in the upcoming months ahead of what could be a starring role for Japan in the World Cup.

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