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Leeds United confirm expected departure of midfielder – profit sale

In news carried briefly by the club’s official website, Leeds United have confirmed the departure of Yosuke Ideguchi after 18 months at the club.

Ideguchi’s departure from Elland Road brings down a curtain on a deal that was perplexing at the start and continued to be so. Ideguchi never got a look in at Elland Road, despite arriving and being touted as the next big thing in Japanese football.

He may have come from The Land of the Rising Sun, but his stock at Elland Road was ever falling and the 22-year-old never made even a hint of an appearance for the first-team. The first move Leeds United made was to ship the Blue Samurai star out on loan to Cultural Leonesa where he made just five appearances totally 107 minutes.

After appearing briefly last pre-season for Leeds United in friendly match-ups, Ideguchi was shipped out to German side Greuther Fūrth who play in the 2.Bundesliga. He featured seven times for the German side, scoring once, in a spell that saw him break his leg.

It was obvious that the Japanese youngster didn’t have a future at Elland Road under new manager Marcelo Bielsa. The 12-cap/two-goal Japan international was always going to be looking for a new side for next season. In effect, it is an old side that he has found with Ideguchi returning to Gamba Osaka, the club which sold him to Leeds United in the first place.

What is surprising is, given the total lack of impact he has made at Elland Road, United have managed to turn a profit in that they’ve managed to command a “seven-figure fee” for him according to Phil Hay’s tweet at the top of this piece.

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