Leeds' Pawel Cibicki should expect chance imminently and must take it

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 a difficult first season with Leeds United, but perhaps he may be in line for another chance in the very near future.

Paul Heckingbottom Leeds manager gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

With Leeds now just six points off the top six in the Championship in the wake of their 1-0 victory over Brentford last weekend, Paul Heckingbottom may feel that this next run of games is hugely significant for the Whites' season with the side boasting some momentum after a poor run of results.

Leeds' next three fixtures come in the space of nine days, so the squad depth will certainly be put to the test. And with Heckingbottom confirming to BBC Radio Leeds ahead of their game with Middlesbrough that Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe may not be risked for the trip, it seems entirely possible that Pawel Cibicki may get a rare chance to impress in the near future.

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.

Cibicki has not played for the Whites since January, but was an unused substitute against the Bees and recently put in a brilliant performance for the under-23s, so may well be in line for another chance if Heckingbottom does rotate the squad.

And if he is given an opportunity, he simply must take full advantage if he wants to avoid returning to being a peripheral figure between now and the end of the season.

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.

Luckily, Cibicki has proven before that he is capable of making a real impact for the Whites after a lengthy period on the sidelines, having somewhat changed the game when he was brought on in the win over Queens Park Rangers for his first Championship appearance for the club, and following it up by providing the assist in the 1-0 win over Norwich one week later. 

The 24-year-old has had to bide his time once again recently, but circumstances hint that another opportunity may just be around the corner at some stage in the next three games. However, with Leeds boasting plenty of depth in those attacking areas, letting the chance pass him by is arguably not an option if he wants to avoid another frustrating spell. 

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