Leeds United have confirmed on their club official website that Pawel Cibicki has joined ADO Den Haag for the upcoming campaign.
The Swedish striker will join the Eredivisie outfit on an initial season-long loan, though they will have the option to turn the 25-year-old’s spell into a permanent stay of execution if they are impressed with his performances.
He played no part of Marcelo Bielsa’s squad last season as he had temporary stints with Molde FK and IF Elfsborg.
The 25-year-old has had a torrid time with Leeds since his alleged £1.45million move from FF Malmo two-years ago. He did not find the net in his ten appearances for the Elland Road outfit (Transfermarkt).
He appeared to find his feet in his spell with Elfsborg, as he managed to score five goals and provide one assist in his 14 appearances in the six months he was with the club (club’s official website). However, they revealed they were unable to reach an agreement to take him off of Leeds’ hands permanently.
Bielsa has not used him in any of his squads since being at the club and it would have to be considered highly unlikely that he would have had any role to play in the upcoming campaign as well.
Kemar Roofe may have been sold earlier in the summer, but the arrivals of Helder Costa and Eddie Nketiah will have likely given the more established Patrick Bamford the competition that is required to take his game to the next level – and it appears to have had an effect as the forward has found the back of the net three times in as many Championship games so far (Transfermarkt).
Bielsa has been busy offloading a number of the fringe members within his squad and it would appear Cibicki was just another name on a very long list of players he deemed surplus to requirements at Elland Road this summer.
It does not come as a surprise that Cibicki has been sent out on loan once again this summer as it looked rather clear he would have no role to play for Leeds in the upcoming campaign.
The 25-year-old clearly did not take well to English football in the very limited opportunities he had and it would appear the additions that Bielsa made to his attacking department would have only pushed the Swede further down the pecking order.
Inserting a clause in the loan deal could be a piece of shrewd business by the Whites, however that will, perhaps, only come into play should Cibicki impress Den Haag throughout the course of the 2019/20 Eredivisie campaign.
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