Of the five signings made so far by Leeds Unite, Japan midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi is the most high-profile. Yet he’s been told he must wait for his chance to star by Cultural Leonesa – where he is on loan.

Ideguchi’s move to Leeds United was first hinted at by Victor Orta in a Facebook live cast, before being made official last week. Initially it was thought that the rising star of Japanese football would not qualify for a work permit, the loan to Cultural Leonesa being a bridge that would take him to the World Cup – his participation there thought to be enough to warrant a permit.

That obstacle was removed this week with Leeds United announcing that he was eligible for a work permit, but were instead going to carry on with their plan to send him to Spain’s second tier competition on loan.

Today though, in their presser, Cultural Leonesa have made it clear that the rising star from the Land of the Rising Sun will have to wait for his chance to shine for the Spanish side.

Cultural’s manager Ruben de la Barrera says above that, “Ideguchi will have to wait. He comes from a small period without training, but we believe that his arrival will add much, and his adaptation to the game does not generate any doubt for us.”

With Leeds United fans chomping at the bit to see their new boy in borrowed action, it seems that this wait will need to be held a little longer. Cultural look to be planning on getting the Blue Samurai star up to match fitness ahead of a half-season where they see him having an impact.


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