Noel Whelan has urged Leeds United to get rid of Pawel Cibicki as he’s “way too fragile” to cut it in the Championship.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Whelan insisted Leeds should have no concerns about offloading a player they signed from Swedish club Malmo for a fee of around £1.5million in the summer of 2017.
Cibicki, 25, was among a stampede of new arrivals during Victor Orta’s first transfer window as Leeds director of football following Andrea Radrizzani’s takeover.
The forward played 10 matches for Leeds in 2017-18 and has had two separate loan spells in the current campaign – at Norwegian club Molde in the first half of the season and at Swedish outfit Elfsborg since January.
“I’m afraid not good enough to play for Leeds, he’s way too fragile for the Championship,” ex-United striker Whelan told Football Insider. “Technically, he is fine but you need to be able to deal with the physicality of the league, and there was no sign he could.
“Plenty of Leeds managers have had a good look at him in training and, if he was up to it, he wouldn’t be out on loan. We need to get him off the payroll and find him a new club.“
Cibicki returned to Elland Road for a short period in January, but was soon loaned out again, and has scored four goals in his last seven matches for Elfsborg in the Swedish league.
The former Sweden Under-21 international has a contract at Leeds that runs until the summer of 2021.
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