Leeds United news: Ideguchi stressed out by language barrier

By Danny Wright

28th Apr, 2018 | 7:40pm

'Wall of words' - £500,000 Leeds player admits he is left stressed out by team-mates

Leeds United midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi has admitted that he is left stressed out by his team-mates on loan at Spanish club Cultural Leonesa as he struggles to grasp the Spanish language.

Ideguchi, 21, signed for the Whites in a deal worth £500,000 from Gamba Osaka in January but was instantly shipped out on loan to the Spanish Seguna Division, much to the bemusement of fans.

The Japan international has likely had his World Cup dream wrecked at Cultural Leonesa, appearing just five times for a club that is fighting against relegation to the third-tier of Spanish football.

Speaking to Japanese magazine Weekly Playboy, Ideguchi has revealed that the language barrier has left him frustrated, however he is remaining focussed on getting into the starting line-up for upcoming games.

“There are a lot of players who can only speak Spanish, sometimes it feels there’s a wall of words, and then of course it’s stressful,” he told Weekly Playboy, as translated by Sport Witness.

“However it’s important to show your level in training, and I do not feel like I’m losing out to the players in the same position, so now I just prepare to be 100% for when I’m next used.”

Football Insider verdict

A lot has been said about Ideugchi’s loan move to Cultural Leonesa. Even though he seemed like a top player at Gamba Osaka and even helped Japan qualify for the World Cup, the Spanish side is very reluctant to play him, like they were with Ouasim Bouy before his loan was terminated. Relegation to the third-tier of Spanish football may be good for Leeds. It may mean that they will stop sending players there on loan, or if they do, they may actually play some games at least. The whole situation is odd though, and Ideguchi will be distraught if he fails to make his nation’s World Cup squad.

In other Leeds United news, fans may not see this £12,500-a-week Whites player again after the defeat to Norwich.

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