Having narrowly missed out on promotion during his debut season in charge of Leeds United, Marcelo Bielsa will be wanting to bolster his squad this summer in order to bounce back during the 2019/20 campaign.
However, before the Argentine sets out his targets for the upcoming transfer window, he must first make a decision on the future of one of the Whites’ forgotten men.
Despite making the switch to Elland Road from J1 League side Gamba Osaka in January 2018, Yosuke Ideguchi has yet to make a competitive appearance for Leeds as he has spent time on loan at Cultural Leonesa and Greuther Furth
With injuries limiting his playing time for both of these clubs over the past 18 months, the Japanese international’s development has been severely hampered and so it is extremely unlikely that he will be able to make the adjustments needed to thrive in the Championship.
Given the midfielder’s troubles in recent times, it may be worth Bielsa cutting ties with him this summer.
According to Football Insider, the Argentine is already looking at the prospect of selling Ideguchi and is reportedly confident that he can secure a large fee for the 22-year-old due to the fact that he still has three years remaining on his contract.
If Bielsa can indeed offload the £700k-rated ace (via Transfermarkt) for a healthy sum, it would be an incredible piece of business by the Leeds boss as he could use the money to upgrade his midfield options ahead of next season.
However, Ideguchi’s departure may depend on whether Bielsa decides to extend his stay in West Yorkshire as the 63-year-old is still locked in talks with chairman Andrea Radrizzani about his future with the Whites.
What do you think Leeds fans? Should Bielsa sell Ideguchi this summer? Or does the Japanese midfielder deserve an opportunity to prove his worth next season? Get in touch below.
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