Paweł Cibicki’s torrid time on Leeds United’s books appears to be heading for another potential twist, with Swedish outlet Fotboll Direkt reporting that League One sides are interested in signing the forward this month.
Cibicki joined Leeds in 2017. He initially made a slow start, but there was a moment during that first season when it appeared that the 25-year-old may actually prove to be an inspired signing.
He was excellent in a win away at Queens Park Rangers, and provided the assist for the winning goal against Norwich in December soon after.
Unfortunately, that optimism was very short-lived.
Cibicki spent his second season away from Elland Road, with loan moves to both Molde and Elfsborg. He did fairly well during those spells, scoring eight goals in 26 league games for the two clubs.
While it was not enough to catch Marcelo Bielsa’s eye, his form did attract the attention of Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag. But his time in the Netherlands has been a major disappointment.
Cibicki has made just three league appearances, with no first-team outings coming since September. Unsurprisingly, it looks as though he could be on the move again this month.
Fotboll Direkt suggests that his season-long loan could be cut short. And he could be making a return to England with League One sides interested in signing the forward.
TBR View – Leeds need Cibicki to shine on loan
From the outside, there appears to be absolutely no chance of Cibicki playing for Leeds again. He has not featured since Bielsa’s arrival. And his form out on loan has done little to prompt Whites fans to debate whether he should get another chance.
Nevertheless, Leeds could surely do with Cibicki enjoying an inspired loan spell at some stage. Fotboll Direkt reports that his contract expires at the end of next season, so there may still be some time before Leeds are able to cut all ties with the attacker.
If he can move to League One and impress, the Whites must stand a much better chance of offloading him permanently this summer.
He is not going to be attracting much attention at Den Haag right now. So another transfer may not be a bad move for all parties as Leeds plot how to offload him for good.