Leeds United completed the signing of Japanese international midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi on Tuesday, and fans are delighted… but confused.
The confusion stems from the fact that, despite reportedly having a work permit, Leeds are sending him straight out on loan to Spanish Segunda Division side Cultural Leonesa until the end of the season.
The news was confirmed on the official Leeds Twitter account on Tuesday morning.
✍️ | Leeds United can today confirm the signing of Japanese International midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 9, 2018
The Japan international has signed a deal that will keep him at Elland Road until 2022, but he won’t hook up with his new side until pre-season in the summer.
Before then he’s going to be playing at the wrong end of the Spanish lower leagues.
Leeds fans can’t work out why an international good enough for the World Cup finals is not hooking straight up with Thomas Christiansen’s first team.
But they’re hoping that they’ve signed the real deal and took to Twitter to welcome the new player to the club.
Here is a selection of their best tweets after the transfer news was announced:
Welcome to Elland Road Yosuke ????????⚽???????? #MOT xx
— SUSAN SMITH 1 (@SmithLeedsUtd) January 9, 2018
Should put him in our 1st team now then if he's that good ? Have a good day sue ????
— SMILEY BADGE ???????????? (@BadgeSmiley) January 9, 2018
Welcome to the best football team in England
— Melissa Ann Capes (@Melissaanncapes) January 9, 2018
We are crying out for another cm in alongside Vieira why not give him till end of the month to train and impress if not loan him on 31st Jan
— Bryn Johnson (@BrynLufc) January 9, 2018
I would like to see what he can do now. Get rid of Clich from the squad and let him burst his way through.
— Parma (@Parma_Official) January 9, 2018
PLAY HIM AGAINST IPSWICH
— Zach???? (@SupremeJansson) January 9, 2018
Why send him out on loan when we are struggling in the position he plays.
— Adem Roberts (@AdemRoberts) January 9, 2018
Looks like a decent player lads…why don’t we put him in midfield where we’re a bit short? Or just send him out on loan…baffling #lufc
— jd (@jackdudders) January 9, 2018
Welcome Yosuke, I have a feeling you are going to become a legend here!
— John Lacey (@LaceyJohn1) January 9, 2018
In other Leeds transfer news, one European defender is set to have a medical with the Whites within hours.