Angus Kinnear aims dig at Victor Orta for signing Pawel Cibicki at Leeds United
Angus Kinnear has seemingly aimed a dig at Victor Orta for wasting money on signing Pawel Cibicki for Leeds United in 2017.
In Orta’s first summer as Leeds’ director of football, he wasted millions on signing flops and £1.5million [The Sun] was spent on bringing Swedisch attacker Cibicki in from Malmo.
In response to the fan-led review on football in England, Kinnear rubbished the idea that Premier League clubs should distribute some of their wealth to teams in the EFL, saying that they’d waste money on signing players like Cibicki.
Writing in his programme notes ahead of Leeds versus Crystal Palace, the managing director said: “On the recommendations around financial redistribution, it seems to have been conveniently forgotten that the Premier League distributed £1.5b to the wider football pyramid in the last three years, with a further commitment for another £1.6b in the next three. I don’t believe there is any industry where its biggest entities donate at anywhere near that level to both their aspiring competitors and their community. There is already a four per cent levy on transfer fees which is distributed between a player pension fund and Academy investment. Football is a private sector business and has flourished that way. Enforcing upon football a philosophy akin to Maoist collective agriculturalism (which students of “The Great Leap Forward” will know culminated in the greatest famine in history) will not make the English game fairer, it will kill the competition which is its very lifeblood.
“Teams further down the pyramid do not need their means artificially inflated, they need to live within them. As a recently promoted team we were asked by the review what we would have done with increased funds if Premier League teams had been forced to financially contribute to our promotion campaign and the answer (although more eloquently expressed) was, fundamentally, that we would have still blown it on Pawel Cibicki.”
Cibicki was by no means the worst signing that Orta made in that 2017 splurge on new players – but he’s one of the most forgettable.
The former Sweden Under-21 international somehow spent three years on the books at Leeds before he was eventually sold to his current club Pogon Szczecin in Poland.
He played just 10 times for Leeds United in all competitions and while he didn’t score in those games, he did manage two assists.
Cibicki’s ability to take corners did shine but in truth, the 27-year-old was absolutely dreadful and it was obvious why he never made the cut for Marcelo Bielsa once he came in.
Cibicki was sent out on loan to Molde, Elfsborg and ADO Den Haag before he left Elland Road for good last year.
It’s a bit strange to see Kinnear mocking a former player so openly to try and make a point that Premier League clubs shouldn’t help out EFL clubs when it comes to finances.
Yet again, the rich and powerful are looking after themselves and trying to make themselves richer and more powerful.
Leeds are by no means the richest or most powerful club in the Premier League but they want to be up there and if they lose out on money to the teams in the EFL, they won’t be happy.
But, when you try to look at it from a neutral stand-point, there’s way too much of a gulf in finances in English football and something does need to change.
In other Leeds United news, a club is set to make a major loss on a multi-million player they signed from the Whites.