Photo: Yosuke Ideguchi trains with Leeds squad for first time

Yosuke Ideguchi of Japan celebrates scoring the opening goal during the EAFF E-1 Men's Football Championship between Japan and North Korea at Ajinomoto Stadium on December 9, 2017 in Chofu,...

Leeds United midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi trained with his Elland Road teammates for the first time on Monday.

Yosuke Ideguchi of Japan in action during the EAFF E-1 Men's Football Championship between Japan and North Korea at Ajinomoto Stadium on December 9, 2017 in Chofu, Tokyo, Japan.

Many Leeds fans would be forgiven for forgetting all about the Whites' January deal to sign Japan international Yosuke Ideguchi following the turbulent first few months of his Elland Road spell.

It was a deal that attracted a lot of attention and led to plenty of head-scratching. The £500,000 deal - fee reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post - was confirmed just two days after Leeds had suffered another embarrassing FA Cup defeat, but came at a time when the Whites were still in the play-off places in the Championship and the fans were expecting the lessons to be learnt from the previous year when not strengthening in the winter window seemed to play a key role in Leeds' end of season collapse that saw them fall outside the top six. 

Yosuke Ideguchi of Cultural Leonesa reacts during La Liga 2 play off round between Cultural Leonesa and Sevilla II at Reino de Leon Stadium on January 28, 2018 in Leon, Spain.

Signing a young international midfielder in Ideguchi appeared to be a potentially inspired gamble, but Leeds then loaned him out to feeder club Cultural Leonesa and the rest of January proved to be an Achilles heel for the club once again.

And in Spain, Ideguchi barely featured, making just a handful of appearances for a side that were ultimately relegated from the country's second tier.

Yosuke Ideguchi of Japan controls the ball to score his side's second goal during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Japan and Australia at Saitama Stadium on August 31, 2017 in...

It was hardly the impact that he would have been looking to make, and it would perhaps not be a surprise if discussions were held regarding whether Ideguchi has a future at Elland Road.

It remains to be seen what new head coach Marcelo Bielsa makes of Ideguchi, but it does appear that he will have the chance to impress the Argentinian as he is one of the players to be seen training in a photo that the club posted on Twitter upon the squad's return for pre-season.

The 21-year-old can just be seen behind Mateusz Klich - who has also returned to Yorkshire following a loan spell - while players such as Laurens De Bock and young striker Ryan Edmondson are also present...

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