It has been an excellent start to the new campaign for Leeds United, and much of their success can be attributed to manager Thomas Christiansen, but Director of Football Victor Orta must also be lavished with praise.
The Spaniard’s work behind the scenes has ensured a wealth of top talent followed Christiansen into the club this summer, with a number of highly-rated players making the move to Elland Road from clubs across the continent.
One man to make such a move is young Swedish-born striker Pawel Cibicki, who earlier this summer, has attracted the interest of a host of top European sides.
Manchester United scouts were said to have been impressed by the 23-year-old, with manager Jose Mourinho having reportedly considered weighing up a move for the young star.
Nothing materialised, and by securing the player’s signature, Leeds could have pulled off one of the deals of the summer.
Cibicki has a lot of potential, and has already proven he can score goals during his time in the Swedish leagues.
However, the player of Polish descent has a fight on his hands this year, and is by no means guaranteed a place in Christiansen’s squad, despite his promising potential.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga has already established himself as the number one striker in a formation that operates with just a single front man, and Cibicki has a lot to do if he is to dislodge the German from his role.
However, it is not just the 25-year-old he must defeat, but also fellow new signings Jay-Roy Grot and Caleb Ekuban, when the latter returns from injury.
Cibicki runs the risk of reaching a plateau in his development if he does not break into Christiansen’s starting XI in the coming weeks, and he must do enough in training and in the minutes provided to him to convince his boss that he deserves the nod.
Fans will be delighted with the depth in their forward line, having only really been able to rely on Chris Wood last year, but Cibicki will know of the struggles he faces, and the problematic issues he will face if he does not adapt to the English game quickly, and effectively.
Leeds fans, do you think Cibicki is ready for a place in the starting XI?