The imminent debut of Leeds’ January signing Tyler Roberts will cast serious doubts over the future of summer arrival Pawel Cibicki.
The Whites pounced late on in the winter window to secure the signing of the young forward from West Brom on a permanent deal, but he is yet to make his very first appearance for the club after being left out completely from the first two games he was eligible for.
However, it appears as his debut could well be imminent, after BBC Radio Leeds’ West Yorkshire Sport claimed on their personal Twitter account that the Elland Road outfit are feeling hopeful he will be able to feature in Sunday’s game against Bristol City.
— West Yorkshire Sport (@WYSdaily) February 13, 2018
While there will no doubt be a sense of intrigue over what the 19-year-old can offer the senior side, there will now be major doubts cast over whether his signing and debut will see summer arrival Cibicki fall further down the pecking order and putting his future at the club at risk.
The 24-year-old Swedish forward was signed from Malmo among a host of other attacking options during a major overhaul of the squad, but has so far struggled to pick up the game time he, and the Leeds faithful, would have liked.
With just 10 appearances under his belt for the Whites across all competitions, which have seen him utilised as a centre forward and a winger on both flanks, the fact both former boss Thomas Christiansen and new manager Paul Heckingbottom have preferred Kemar Roofe to fill in as a striker says a lot.
On the bench for the former Barnsley man’s first game in charge, Roberts’ impending arrival into the first team could well push him out, and at 24 he is not exactly a young talent waiting to flourish, as is the case with fellow struggling summer arrival Jay Roy Grot.
Cibicki faces a seriously tough task to force his way back into the reckoning, and if he cannot do so, then a summer exit just 12 months on seems likely.