Eunan O'Kane hugely impressed by Leeds teammate Pawel Cibicki's attitude

Michael Mancienne of Nottingham Forest closes down Eunan O'Kane of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest at Elland Road on January...

Eunan O'Kane has been full of praise for Leeds United teammate Pawel Cibicki.

Eunan O'Kane of Leeds United is tackled by Che Adams of Birmingham City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Leeds United at St Andrews (stadium) on March 3,...

Eunan O'Kane has told BBC Radio Leeds that Pawel Cibicki's attitude since his arrival at Leeds has been tremendous, and his emergence since being given a chance in the Championship is an indication of the kind of mentality that exists within the Whites squad right now.

Cibicki was one of a large number of signings at Elland Road during the summer, but he quickly seemed to become Leeds' forgotten man as December arrived without the 23-year-old making a single league appearance for his new club.

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.

Injury to Caleb Ekuban presented the former Malmo man with the chance to feature in the league for the first time during the Whites' clash with Queens Park Rangers earlier in the month, and he took full advantage of the opportunity, providing assists in his first two league outings.

And after his third league appearance - the 2-1 Boxing Day win over Burton Albion - Cibicki's attitude and performances received a huge amount of praise from Eunan O'Kane, who has also had to bide his time in recent weeks with Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips often keeping him out of the 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.

"I think he's been excellent. He's only been involved in the squad really in the last three of four weeks, he's been out of it for a long time, signing for a new club," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

"But he's been tremendous - the attitude that he has shown in training, in that period of time. Obviously [he's been] upset that he wasn't playing which is fair enough - any player would be - but I think the lesson is to be ready for when your chance comes, because credit to him, he's been able to take it."

Cibicki's emergence is arguably a sign that Leeds boast the kind of depth this year that they perhaps did not have last season. Leeds have now won their last four in the league, and still have players such as Samuel Saiz and Pierre-Michel Lasogga still to come back into the starting lineup.

The pair may well be hoping that they can help Leeds end 2017 on a high as they face Birmingham City in their final game of the year on Saturday.

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