Marcelo Bielsa has been discussing the future of Japanese international Yosuke Ideguchi. The player arrived from Japan in January but has failed to make a singe appearance for the first-team after being loaned out to Cultural Leonesa and now playing in the development squad.
Ideguchi was brought in as one of the best talents in the Asian game and someone Leeds could look to commercially as well as on the pitch to bring interest to the club. The move hasn’t worked out as of yet, whether it will we aren’t so sure. Marcelo Bielsa told the media last night that the player will be told at the end of August what they plan on doing with him.
In one respect he is still at the club when many have left so the decision on his future is still clearly open, on the other hand he can’t even make it into the League Cup squad where Jamie Shackleton and Conor Shaughnessy can, two players who are now ahead of him in a central midfield role in the eyes of Marcelo Bielsa.
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Ideguchi was part of the development side that ran out 2-1 winners on Monday night against Coventry, Ideguchi producing a lovely ball for Sam Dalby’s second goal. In general he didn’t do much to impress and the same can be said for him over the summer as he was part of the second XI set out by Marcelo Bielsa. Everyone was given the chance, MateuszKlich used it to force his way into the side, he’s now a key player.
If he is to be loaned out then for me it needs to be to an English club, he needs to understand the speed and physical side of the leagues and a move abroad wouldn’t help. The club may even be considering releasing him so he can join a club on a permanent deal.