Leeds are currently looking to complete a deal to bring in one of the J-League’s most promising prospects. Yosuke Ideguchi scored against Australia for the Japanese national side in recent times and is known in Japan to be one of the hottest talents around, and Leeds may be on course to land him.
The 21-year-old currently plays for Gamba Osaka and is a creative midfielder in the heart of the side, earning a call-up to the full national side. He has scored 7 times for his club in the J-league and has played over 40 times for the side. Early indications are that Leeds may be landing one of the brightest youngsters in Japan although it is hard for us to judge, we can only go on reports from that side of the world. He has recently featured on the front of JSoccer, one of the biggest magazines in Japanese football, with the title, “We’re going to Russia”. The fact he is the image that goes with that title shows you how much they think of the player.
Victor Orta shocked us all by saying Leeds were closing in on a “surprise signing from Asia” in a live Facebook chat with fans last week and it seems like this is the player in question. We have set up a scouting system in Asia, with ex-japan international Toshiya Fujita leading the intriguing new system in that part of the world. The commercial value of signing a player from that part of the world is extremely high and if we can secure a player who is in the limelight, young and heading to the World Cup then it will make the deal even bigger. We can’t say for sure the move will work, but commercially it is a huge step for the club and by the sounds of things he is more than capable.
Orta has had a dream start to life at Leeds United and I think it’s fair to say his recruitment for the first-team has been as impressive as any since we came down from the Premier League. The likes of Samu Saiz, Gjanni Alioski and now Pirerre-Michel Lasogga among others have hit the ground running and Orta has earned himself the reputation at Leeds that it takes years to at other clubs. The signing of Ideguchi would come in January and whether or not he would get a permit to play in England straight away remains to be seen, but in terms of excitement this deal generates that on both sides of the world, both in Japan, and at home in Leeds.