Leeds United today announced the capture of Japan star Yosuke Ideguchi, bringing to an end months of conjecture over the deal.
Ideguchi’s transfer/signing by Leeds United was first broached in early September 2017, a hint dropped during a Victor Orta Facebook Live broadcast being the first hint. This initial hint was then backed up by a story, first carried by Yahoo Japan, that added extra hints to Leeds’ new capture.
All that hinting, ducking, and weaving has now been completed with Leeds United’s confirmation this morning adding one of the last pieces to what was a growing jigsaw puzzle.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 4, 2018
It was an announcement that pleased United fans on Twitter who were quick to react to the news of their signing of the rising star from the Land of the Rising Sun. However, it wasn’t the final piece of the puzzle, that came just now in an announcement from Spanish side Cultural Leonesa.
For their part, Leeds United’s announcement had said “it is likely that Leeds United will loan Ideguchi out to Cultural Leonesa until the end of the season,” but Cultural Leonesa’s message on their official club website takes this likelihood further and into the realms of certainty.
Their brief article, conveniently translated into English, states that Ideguchi will definitely be heading to Spain on loan. They categorically state, “Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa have signed Leeds United FC international player Yōsuke Ideguchi on loan until the end of the season.”
The Spanish club then continue by adding that Ideguchi “is expected to arrive in León in the upcoming days, when he will be officially presented.”
Whilst this information has not been released by Leeds United, it does seem to confirm what many were saying that Cultural Leonesa will be Ideguchi’s destination until Leeds can guarantee he fulfils the criteria for a successful work permit application.