Yosuke Ideguchi is relishing his “second chance” with Celtic after his failed Leeds United move.
Ange Postecoglu, the man appointed as Neil Lennon’s replacement at Parkhead in the summer, managed in the J-League since 2018 and on the opening of the January transfer window he raided his former league to bring in three Japanese signings, Ideguchi being one of those.
Ideguchi’s time at Leeds was a failure, as he made no appearances for the first-team as he acknowledged when speaking to the media.
“The first time I went abroad as a football player I couldn’t achieve the result I wanted so I always wanted to try again,” he said.
“This team gave me a second chance so that’s why I wanted to 100% go to Celtic.
“In terms of Leeds, I was only there for a training camp and then on loan to Spain and Germany. Probably the reason why it wasn’t a success was because I felt I couldn’t give my all.”
As the 25-year-old said, he did not spend any extended time in Leeds as he arrived in January of 2018 before he was quickly loaned out to Cultural Leonesa in Spain, as part of a brief partnership the Whites had with the club.
He then returned to the club in the summer and was part of Marcelo Bielsa’s first pre-season but was included in the group which were allowed to be moved out. He was subsequently loaned to Greuther Furth in Germany’s 2. Bundesliga but he suffered a serious injury and returned to Leeds before the midway point of the season. He was then sold back to Gamba Osaka the summer after, where he rebuilt his reputation in the J-League and attracted the attention of Postecoglu.
With the trust of his new manager, he appears much more likely to be a success than he was at Leeds, as by the the time he returned from his loan at Leonesa, Bielsa arrived and changed the methods of the club almost entirely.