Heckingbottom must unleash rarely-seen Leeds player with outstanding record v Sunderland
Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom must find a solution to stop his side from nosediving down the Championship table.
Every week he seems to change personnel, tactics and formation to try and force three points but nothing is falling in the way of the Whites who will end this season looking as though they were never even being considered for a play-off finish.
Heckingbottom needs to look back at when Leeds were grinding out wins and it is about time that he unleashes Pawel Cibicki after failing to hand the 24-year-old a single minute of game time since taking charge at Elland Road.
Cibicki’s win record in the league is outstanding.
Thomas Christiansen gave the rarely-seen player his first Championship start in December and straight away he showed some promise by supplying an assist in a 3-1 win at QPR.
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The Swedish attacker then made four more starts, resulting in three more wins.
No Leeds player this season can boast starting five Championship games and being on the winning side four times, so why has Cibicki not been used by Heckingbottom yet?
The ex-Malmo ace, who was signed in the summer, has barely been given a fair shot and when he was given a chance, Leeds went on a four-game winning streak.
His performance against Newport County in the FA Cup was poor, but not a single player could hold their head up high that day so it is not fair to exclude Cibicki just for that.
Heckingbottom has to give Cibicki a chance to impress, starting with the game against Sunderland at Elland Road on Saturday.
Who knows, the Swede could be the player who saves Heckingbottom’s job.