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Leeds United – 5 things about potential transfer signing Cibicki

According to Swedish media outlet Sportbladet, Leeds United are about to make Swedish centre-forward Pawel Cibicki signing #14 for the summer.

Already new Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has bankrolled 13 summer captures for the Whites, Dutch forward Jay-Roy Grot the last in at Elland Road after arriving in mid-week from Dutch side NEC Nijmegen.

Now Sportbladet say Cibicki, a Swede with Polish heritage, is to be the next man in through the door at Elland Road. They quote his agent, Nochi Hamasor, who says that “there is an offer” adding that “negotiations are underway.”

Of the bid itself, the one supposedly being negotiated, Sportbladet say that it “is around SEK 15 million”, an amount that relates to just under £1.5 million. The article says that this should be enough to see Cibcki’s contract bought off and the Malmö forward sign for Leeds United, thus being available after the international break.

Five things for Leeds United fans to know about Pawel Cibicki

1. There are goals and assists at first team level. During the 2017 Allsvenskan season, 23-year-old striker Cibicki made 20 appearances for Malmö, 20 appearances that brought about five goals and three assists. The season before that he netted nine time, with seven assists, in 26 games for the Swedish side. In total that’s 46 appearances (equivalent to a full Sky Bet Championship campaign) with 14 goals and 10 assists.

2. His scoring stretches back to younger age groups. Dropping back down the age groups at Malmö highlights just what promise the youngster has. At Under-21 level for Malmö, Cibicki played 34 times, scoring 20 times and was even more impressive for the Under-19s. At Under-19 level, the young centre-forward made 27 appearances, scoring 21 times. In essence, the youngster has a goal-scoring record of 41 goals in 61 age-group appearances for Malmö.

3. Dual nation international. Cibicki featured twice for Poland at Under-19 and Under-20 level, before deciding to turn out for Sweden at Under-21 level. This now locks his international representation to the Scandinavian nation. In qualifying for this year’s UEFA Under-21 Championship, Cibicki made four appearances, scoring away against Croatia’s Under-21s and assisting twice in the return fixture which was a 4-2 win for Sweden. He played in all three group games in the Championship proper, featuring for the full 90 in games against England Under-21 (0-0) and Poland Under-21 (2-2). He also played 45 minutes against Slovakia Under-21, a 3-0 loss seeing the young Swedes exit at the group stages.

4. Big game experience. Cibicki has experience of appearing in the Champions League. In the 2014/15 season, as a 20-year-old, the young forward made four appearances in the qualification rounds – appearances totalling 32 minutes against Ventspils, Sparta Prague and Red Bull Salzburg. In the group stages, Cibicki appeared three times against Juventus and Olympiacos (twice), assisting a goal against the Greek side in the home leg. The season before that, in 2013/14, the 19-year-old Cibicki featured in four Europa League qualifiers against Drogheda United, Hibernian FC (twice) and Swansea.

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5. FIFA17 stats. After a Team of the Week performance in Week 31, Cibicki was upgraded to a 72. He has an attacker rating of 76 with 80 pace, 77 shooting and 72 dribbling.

Cibicki, Leeds United – 5 things about potential transfer signing Cibicki

FIFA17 image credit: Futhead.com
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