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Pontus Jansson slams treatment of Leeds United team-mate Pawel Cibicki

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Pontus Jansson slams treatment of Leeds United team-mate Pawel Cibicki

The Swedish attacker has not featured for Leeds United since January.

In the summer Leeds United made a move to bring in highly-rated Swedish attacker Pawel Cibicki.

Leeds spent a fee, reported by the Yorkshire Evening Postto be in the region of £1.45 million to sign the player from Malmo.

Whilst Cibicki was not exactly a well-known signing fans were excited to see what the long-haired dynamo could bring to Elland Road.

But the 24-year-old has struggled at Leeds. It took until December until he got his first Championship appearance.

Since then he has not been a regular for Leeds and has not featured for the club since the January clash with Hull City.

For one Leeds team-mate and international comrade, it is simply not fair.

Pontus Jansson has come out with a staunch defence of his compatriot. He explained to Fotbalskanalen that the decision to leave Cibicki out of contention was ‘political’:

“I think it’s pretty sick (Cibicki’s situation). We won 4-5 matches when he started and he did well, but later he did not play anymore.

“It’s the boring part of the football world with a lot of politics. I try to help Pawel every day and keep him in good mood.”

He did however not lay any blame at the door of Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom, who he understands has not seen enough of Cibicki to give him a chance:

“He did well when he played and he deserves more, but then I can understand the new coach who may not have seen Pawel so much.”

It is an incredible statement from the Leeds star, who captained Sweden in their 1-0 loss against Romania last night.

Jansson is not one to mince his words and it is what has made him so popular with the Leeds fans.

But this latest comment certainly suggests there have been forces at play at Leeds this season that do not sit well with Jansson.

So does Cibicki deserve a recall?

At this stage of Leeds’ season, it is hard to see the harm in giving Cibicki another shot. The Whites are in terrible form and have plummeted down the league table.

Cibicki is unlikely to be the answer to their worries. However, it seems unfair to keep him out of the action with the current crop of Leeds players playing so averagely.

Jansson clearly believes that Cibicki deserves another shot at the Leeds first-team, so why not give him a chance?

As for Jansson, these latest comments will add fuel to the fire of rumours suggesting he is not happy at Elland Road.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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