The January window was a bit of a weird one for Leeds fans, with the club signing at least one Japanese player they know of before sending him out on loan to Cultural Leonesa.
We say ‘weird’ and ‘at least one’ because there’s still some confusion over whether or not the Championship side own Yuta Toyokawa, currently at Eupen.
In a story we covered back in January, it was explained the Belgian side, when they announced the arrival of the forward, claimed they had received him on loan from Leeds.
Over at Elland Road, the club told BBC journalist Adam Pope they had done no such thing, and had never signed Toyokawa.
Well, after this weekend, Leeds United might have wished they had signed him (if they haven’t) as he became KAS Eupen’s hero on Sunday, scoring a hat trick and providing an assist in 33 minutes to help his team beat Royal Excel Mouscron 4-0.
Coming on in the 57th minute, Toyokawa scored in the 73rd, 80th and 89th minutes, two of them headers, which meant Claude Makélélé’s side overtook KV Mechelen on goal difference, taking them out of of the automatic relegation spot.
This was just the 23-year-old’s fourth appearance since joining.
If Leeds have got anything to do with Toyokawa, it’s likely worth exploring. And if not, there’s always the Aspire link to fall back on.