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Leeds United Closing In On This Asian Sensation: A Genuine Game Changer?

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Prasoon Sur
Prasoon is a law student who lives in the North East of India. Wildly innovative, football is more than a passion for him.

Championship outfit Leeds United battered Burton Albion last weekend in game week 6 of the English second division as they secured a scintillating 5-0 win at the Elland Road. The Whites have carved an excellent start to their new campaign under the tutelage of Thomas Christiansen, having bagged 14 points from 18 available and have seemingly appeared to be a side capable enough to earn a promotion at the end of this season.

Christiansen made some shrewd additions which have significantly bolstered his arsenal like Samu Saiz, Ezgjan Alioski, Mateusz Klicha and Pawel Cibicki during the summer transfer window. Last term, Garry Monk kept hitting the right chords for the major part of the season with his troops.

However, the Yorkshire based withered during the business end of the season and failed to secure even a playoff spot. Nonetheless, the requisite pedestal to maraud forward in the right direction was created.

The Peacocks, despite their summer acquisitions, are keen to bag a promotion and have already started to put players on their radar in order to make a move for them during the January transfer window.

One of the players whom they are targeting is Japanese international Yosuke Ideguchi, as per one of the latest reports by Daily Star. It has been reported that a deal has been chalked and Leeds United are ready to splash £700,000 to secure the services of Ideguchi, although they could face work permit issues with respect to the prospective transfer.

Ideguchi emerged through the youth ranks of Aburayama Kamariazu and Gamba Osaka and was eventually promoted to the senior side of the latter. Currently, on loan with J.League U22, the 21-year-old hit the headlines with his spectacular strike for his national side against Australia in their 2-0 win on August 31.

He is apparently keen to cement a place for himself in the Japanese national side for the 2018 World Cup and the midfielder has certainly upped the ante and inked a fine name for himself in the good books of the football fraternity.

A central midfielder by trade, Ideguchi knits the team meticulously with his shrewd passes and vision and maintains a fine balance between his defensive and offensive endeavours. Leeds United’s director of football claimed recently that they were attempting to sign a surprise package from Asia and it seems like Ideguchi is the man he was talking about and if there arises issue regarding his work permit, he might be shipped out on loan until he gets the green light.

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