The introduction of Pawel Cibicki at Queens Park Rangers was a move that Thomas Christiansen wasn’t planning on. Injuries forced his hand on that day, and he was used much earlier than he would have wanted. However, he made his mark, and a week later it was fully planned that he started, and he produced again.
It was a very similar cross yesterday as it was a week ago but obviously one came from open play. I gave him an 8 yesterday but if it hadn’t been for such a quality showing for Jansson he would have been my man of the match. His ability to keep the ball in tight areas was impressive, his work rate and direct running ability also noticeable. I think the confidence he showed was brilliant and he took his chance, and will surely be getting more regular games in the coming weeks and months. All of a sudden we have another viable option out wide and at 23, he has time on his side to grow and develop at the football club.
It’s not easy biding your time, and it can go one of two ways. The other example is Mateusz Klich. Some questionable decisions off the pitch and on social media may well have cost him his Leeds career and that’s not over the top. A move back to Holland is on the cards for the Polish midfielder in January after he failed to break into the team and has retweeted a few messages about the head-coach that certainly won’t have gone down well behind the scenes at the club. Cibicki has kept his head down and got his chance off the bench, setting up a crucial goal and playing well. Then came yesterday, and we saw an all-round performance from the wing, Leeds fans very impressed.
We have Gjanni Alioski who is normally a starter, and Pablo Hernandez who has been doing well in the wide positions. Add to them Hadi Sacko and Stuart Dallas, along with Kemar Roofe and we aren’t short of players in those areas. However, if Pawel Cibicki doesn’t start next Saturday against Hull City then he will probably feel aggrieved although Pablo Hernandez hasn’t done anything wrong recently either. The fact he has now shown some very good attributes and that he isn’t phased by the expectant Elland Road crowd he has laid the foundations for him to kick on. I also liked the fact he was straight on set-piece duty yesterday in his first ever league start for the club.