Should Leeds have sent Pawel Cibicki out on loan in January?

Sweden's forward Pawel Cibicki (R) and England's defender Ben Chilwell vie for the ball during the UEFA U-21 European Championship Group A football match Sweden v England in Kielce, Poland...

Leeds allowed Mateusz Klich to join FC Utrecht on loan until the end of the season.

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.

The signing of Tyler Roberts from West Bromwich Albion has sparked renewed optimism around Elland Road as Leeds United fans eagerly anticipate his debut for the Yorkshire giants.

And who can blame them. The teenager shone for Walsall during the first half of the season and had reportedly attracted interest from Italian giants AC Milan, and although he is set for a longer period on the sidelines, he will return ahead of Cibicki in the pecking order.

Fans will be desperate to see Roberts shine for Leeds, and are sure to give him every chance. But one man who will not be delighted by the signing is Swedish attacker Pawel Cibicki.

West Bromwich Albion forward Tyler Roberts looks on during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between West Brom and Crystal Palace at Hong Kong Stadium on July 22, 2017 in Hong Kong,...

The £1.5million signing from Malmo has now dropped down the rankings even further, despite a short stint in the side towards the end of Thomas Christiansen's reign in charge at Elland Road.

The likes of Kemar Roofe, Hadi Sacko, Ezgjan Alioski and now Roberts are ahead of the 24-year-old in the rankings, and new boss Paul Heckingbottom only named him on the bench against Sheffield United - failing to get on to the pitch.

Now, with Roberts likely to be included in the side to face Bristol City on Sunday afternoon at Elland Road, Cibicki may lose his place in the matchday squad after making only 10 senior appearances for the Whites.

Leeds player Mateusz Klich in action during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newport County and Leeds United at Rodney Parade on January 7, 2018 in Newport, Wales.

Indeed, if he does lose his place, the nine-time Sweden Under-21 international will be looking at fellow teammate Mateusz Klich and wishing he had asked to leave Elland Road on loan and perhaps return to his home country.

Midfielder Klich has impressed since returning to Holland after joining the Whites from FC Twente, starting his loan side's last three matches and helping Utrecht pick up seven points.

With Leeds knocked out of the FA Cup, game time looks as though it is near impossible to achieve for Cibicki and a loan move in January would have been the best solution for all parties involved.

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