Elfsborg manager Jimmy Thelin has told Swedish outlet FotbollSkanalen that Pawel Cibicki has returned to Leeds United, but did say that he could look to bring the attacker back to Elfsborg.
The 25-year-old joined Leeds from Malmo in the summer of 2017 for a fee believed to be in the region of £1.5million (YEP), but only managed 10 appearances for the Whites in all competitions.
Cibicki joined Norwegian side Molde for six months last summer, impressing in his 18 appearances. He scored three goals and laid on four assists, before scoring four goals for Elfsborg in 13 games during the second half of last season.
Now, Sweden under-21 international Cibicki has returned to Elland Road where he still has two years left on his contract. Elfsborg manager Thelin was asked if he would bring him back, and he responded in a vague manner.
“We have borrowed him until now and then we will see what happens in the future. Right now he belongs to Leeds. They decide,” Thelin said.
TBR’s view – Cibicki has no future at Leeds
Plain and obvious. The attacker managed just 10 appearances at Leeds during his first full season at the club, and under Marcelo Bielsa there is simply no chance of breaking into the senior side.
Leeds have completed moves for Helder Costa and Jack Harrison this summer, while Jack Clarke has rejoined the club on loan after completing a permanent move to Tottenham Hotspur.
Up front, Leeds boast Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford. The club are well-stocked in Cibicki’s positions. Even if the Swede was good enough, he would struggle to get in the side. But he simply is nowhere near the standard required.