Should Pawel Cibicki ask for Leeds loan exit in January?

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Pawel Cibicki has endured an extremely difficult time since arriving at Leeds United in the summer.

Sweden's forward Pawel Cibicki vies for the ball during the UEFA U-21 European Championship Group A football match Poland v Sweden in Lublin, Poland on June 19, 2017.

Given that Leeds signed Pawel Cibicki in the summer just a few months after he was linked by the Daily Mirror with both Manchester United and Ajax, the Elland Road faithful would have been forgiven for thinking that they had pulled off a major coup.

Unfortunately for the 23-year-old however, it has been a frustrating few months with the Whites with his only appearances coming in the Carabao Cup, and neither arguably providing the confidence that he could prove to be an inspired signing for the Championship side.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

And it is surely fair to say that Cibicki's chances of establishing himself in the first-team anytime soon took a further hit at the weekend when Leeds beat Middlesbrough at Elland Road.

Before the clash with Boro, neither Kemar Roofe or Caleb Ekuban had really proved that they would necessarily be the understudies that Pierre-Michel Lasogga needed - though that was largely because Roofe had been given few chances as a central striker while Ekuban had been injured for much of his spell with Leeds - and that arguably meant that it was possible that the pecking order could easily change.

However, both men proved a major point against Garry Monk's side, with Roofe putting in one of his most impressive performances since arriving at Leeds while Ekuban looked a real handful once he was brought on as a second-half substitute.

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on November 4, 2017 in Brentford, England.

Given those displays, the pecking order for Leeds striker options is surely a lot clearer, and unfortunately for Cibicki, his chances of getting more minutes have surely been dealt a significant blow.

Meanwhile, Marcus Antonsson is doing his chances of earning a second chance at Leeds no harm at all as he continues to impress out on loan at Blackburn after a frustrating first year in England, and that should tempt Cibicki to ask Thomas Christiansen to allow him to leave on loan in January.

Leaving temporarily would surely represent the forward's best chance to prove himself to Christiansen as it currently appears that only the most serious of injury crises would see Cibicki enjoy a prolonged run in the team - and Christiansen should have no hesitation letting the youngster leave to allow him to build his confidence and make an impact. 

It could prove a gamble if he finds some fantastic form elsewhere and Leeds end up needing a goalscorer during the business end of the season, but, as things stand if Cibicki stays, Christiansen seems unlikely to turn to him anyway if Leeds do get into that situation later in the campaign, so letting him go prove himself elsewhere on loan seems to be the best move the Whites can make in the long run. 

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