Leeds United midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi has admitted that he is facing difficulties in adapting to European life after he was signed from Gamba Osaka in January and then sent out on loan to Cultural Leonesa.
Ideguchi, 21, was snapped up by the Whites for a fee worth £500,000 and even though it was reported that he was able to qualify for a work permit, he was shipped out to Spanish second-tier side Cultural.
Since moving to Spain, the Japan international has started just one game and has failed to complete more than 45 minutes in any one fixture.
In total, he has played just five times in the Seguna Division.
Leeds fans have been furious about how ill-used the loan link with Cultural has been, especially after Ouasim Bouy was sent back to Elland Road in January after barely making an impact.
Now it seems that Ideguchi is also struggling to settle down, saying that he is finding it hard to get into a routine.
“Little by little I am getting used to Cultural and, above all, to the city,” he said to Marca.
“What has been most difficult is the change in the schedule of meals and dinners.”
He added: “My teammates come to me and make me feel as one with them and I appreciate that.
“I train with them in the mornings and in the afternoons I like to go for a walk.”
Football Insider verdict
Ideguchi appeared to have some real quality and was quite an exciting signing for Leeds to have made last month. It seem cleared that he was being signed with a view to him playing more of a role next season, but sending him to Cultural, where he is barely playing, is a really poor move. Ideguchi should have been sent somewhere to play top-flight football instead of sitting on the bench of a second-tier side. Leeds’ link to Apsire does not appear to be working anywhere near good enough and the affiliation with Cultural should be terminated.
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