Striker Pawel Cibicki is set to return to Leeds United after IF Elfsborg announced that they would not be making the 25-year-old’s loan move permanent.
Cibicki joined the Swedish top-flight side on loan in January, and has gone onto make 17 appearances and score five goals in all competitions during his time with the club, although the attacker is now set to return to Elland Road.
There had been an option to make Cibicki’s move to Elfsborg permanent as part of the loan deal, although that will not be happening, despite the wishes of the Allsvenskan club’s hierarchy, it would appear.
In a statement released on the club’s website, Elfsborg club director Stefan Andreasson said: “We have not been able to find a solution for a continuation, which means that Pawel returns to England tomorrow. We thank Pawel for this time and wish him all the best.”
Since joining Leeds from another Swedish side, Malmo, in the summer of 2017, Cibicki has made just ten appearances for the Yorkshire side, and his loan to Elfsborg was his second temporary departure from Elland Road since joining the club, having spent the last six months of 2018 on loan in Norway with Molde.
There are still two years remaining on Cibicki’s current Leeds contract.
This appears to be a frustrating situation for all parties.
Judging by the wording of the statement, it certainly appears as though Elfsborg were keen to bring Cibicki back on a permanent deal so to miss out on that will be a disappointment for them.
You also feel that Cibicki himself will not altogether be happy with the situation. The striker was enjoying regular football in Sweden and evidently performing well enough to be wanted there, so that would surely have been a more attractive proposition than returning to Leeds, where he could once again be consigned to the sidelines.
Given the number of fringe players that Leeds have been offloading this summer, you also have to question just how satisfied they will be with one returning to their squad, and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if they looked to move Cibicki on again sooner rather than later.