Leeds United, once an esteemed English force, lost their essence in the last decade and mismanagement of the highest order transformed the Whites into a mere mid-table Championship outfit. They witnessed a surprise uprise under Garry Monk a couple of seasons back, but his decision to step down last year brought Leeds back to square one. Neither Thomas Christiansen nor Paul Heckingbottom succeeded in keeping up the good work at Elland Road and the gamble of investing on several low-key resources did not pay off at all.
The dejected supporters, meanwhile, are uplifted again following the announcement of iconic Argentine mastermind Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager – the 62-year-old veteran who is hailed as one of the pioneers of modern-day football and believed to guide them to a Premier League return putting an end to years of pain, anguish and misery.
Pawel Cibicki, the 24-year-old summer signing from Malmo FF, joined the Whites last year with a great reputation but failed to impress enough to earn regular minutes despite enjoying a blistering start to his Championship career.
The former Polish youth international, who later switched his allegiance to Sweden, made back to back assists in his first two league games, but could not continue this momentum later on which saw him making only 10 appearances altogether in his maiden season in English football.
Although Cibicki is versatile enough to feature down the flanks as well as in a centre-forward role, it is quite unlikely for him to be a part of Bielsa’s Leeds revolution who is set to trim down the fringe names and focus on adding quality options over quantity during the summer transfer window.
The attacker, meanwhile, is reportedly drawing the attention of Norwegian heavyweights Molde FK, managed by former Manchester United hitman Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who finished second last season but have been underwhelming so far this term and keen on strengthening themselves to return to title contention.
The Peacocks, thus, must loan the youngster out to hand him enough minutes to flourish and stage an upturn of fortune to find his way back to Bielsa’s plans. This transfer, therefore, will be sensible for all parties involved and should take place in due course unless a drastic change of heart takes place in West Yorkshire.