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Leeds United: A Hockaday signing kicking his heels, can he turn it around?

What next for Leeds United's Nicky Ajose?

Leeds signed a total of 15 players over the summer, but perhaps the most surprising of the lot was the addition of Nicky Ajose.

The 22-year-old signed from Peterborough, and came highly praised by manager at the time Dave Hockaday, who said at the time:

"He can play up front in a number roles and he is very talented. He is a super professional and is an ideal addition to our squad."

Ajose scored 17 goals in all competitions for Peterborough last season, but has been kicking his heels in recent weeks for Leeds.

He has played only 45 minutes of football under caretaker manager Neil Redfearn, in comparison to just over 200 minutes under Hockaday.

A former Manchester United trainee, he hasn't even featured since Redfearn's first game in charge.

Like Luke Murphy, another who has been frozen out of late, the arrival of Darko Milanic provides him with a new chance to impress, although Redfearn retaining on the coaching staff may hurt those prospects.

He was pictured training with the squad this week so there is no suggestion he is unavailable, simply out of favour.

Leeds are already the eighth club of Ajose's career, and with the competition in the squad, becoming a regular won't be easy.

If there is no progress under Milanic then unfortunately he may find his best avenue is going out on loan, and making yet another fresh start.

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