Leeds United fringe man Yosuke Ideguchi is set to return to the Whites this summer as his loan club SpVgg Greuther Furth cannot afford to buy him permanently, according to a report published by German Magazine Kicker.
The 22-year-old joined the Yorkshire giants on a four-and-a-half year deal in January 2018. His loan spell with the Bundesliga 2 side was rather unsuccessful as he went on to make just four league appearances, scoring one goal.
After injuring his cruciate ligament in September, Leeds midfielder Yosuke was sidelined for a long period before he only returned to action earlier this month. The Japan international managed to play half of his side’s 4-0 defeat against Koln and played the majority of the teams 1-1 draw against Aue.
It is believed that Furth have an option to purchase Ideguchi from Leeds permanently, however, they will not take up this option.
This season has been one of frustration for the youngster, however Leeds must not lose hope. What happened this season was not his fault and he certainly deserves a good chance to impress the club’s hierarchy.
He should either be sent on another loan spell next season or be integrated into the Whites first-team this summer.
Ideguchi quite evidently does have a lot of potential and can add value to the Leeds first-team. He has managed to make 12 international appearances for Japan, scoring two goals. Japan is a very competitive nation in world football and can even hold their own against many of the top nations.
Ideguchi could potentially be good cover for Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich if given a solid pre-season with Marcelo Bielsa’s side.