Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to react to the news that Japanese striker Yuta Toyokawa has been signed by the Yorkshire club and then instantly loaned out to KAS Eupen.
Belgian Jupiler League side Eupen have announced on their official club website that Toyokawa, 23, has sealed a temporary exit from Elland Road, however there is yet to be any statement come out of the Championship club.
Toyokawa is the second Japanese player to have been signed up by Leeds this month before being loaned out as Yosuke Ideguchi agreed terms to join the club before being shipped out to Cultural Leonesa.
The deals will probably have a lot to do with the Apsire Academy that Leeds have recently announced their affiliation with.
Eupen’s squad will be at a training camp at the Doha-based academy this month and Toyokawa will join up with his new team-mates there at the weekend.
Leeds fans on Twitter seem baffled by the deal though, with many wondering what is going on with the sudden influx of Japanese players that are instantly being sent out on loan.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Yuta Toyokawa to #LUFC doesn’t really make much sense, signing from the second division in Japan, has a pretty poor record at that level as well. Wouldn’t expect to ever see him in a Leeds shirt, which makes you wonder why he’s joined us.
— FocusOnTheFooty (@FocusOnTheFooty) January 5, 2018
This is starting to get very weird very quickly.
— Rich Poyser (@poyser88) January 5, 2018
Because we have the most money and we're doing favours for the other Aspire clubs? It's all very odd.
— Daryl (@Dazelar29) January 5, 2018
You not think it's all to do with branching out into Asia? And what it can bring the club off the field? JS Park did it for Man Utd, HM Son for spurs etc. If they are any good could be a masterstroke
— John Rhodes (@rhodesygolf) January 5, 2018
Nothing official out of #lufc but if true, I’d rather have seen Ideguchi go there, too. Nothing against Spanish second div, just don’t see Cultural Leonesa using him. Hope I’m wrong. We need that guy to go to Russia. https://t.co/bD9MdgJHS0
— Always Leeds United (@AlwaysLeedsUnit) January 5, 2018
#LUFC have signed J-League 2 striker Yuta Toyokawa and loaned him out to KAS Eupen, an Aspire-owned club. He's 23 and has a relatively poor record thus far. Unlikely we'll ever announce it, even more unlikely he'll ever play.
Totally bizarre. https://t.co/VQvqNA28jS
— Distractedsen Leeds (@DistractedLeeds) January 5, 2018
— chris brady ???? (@carpitone) January 5, 2018
Toyokawa has signed for Leeds from Japanese second-tier side Fagiano Okayama but has had a previous stint at J-League giants Kashima Antlers.
In other Leeds United news, this centre-back wants to quit the Whites this month.