Crewe boss praises Leeds United loanee as Nicky Ajose scores again

The Leeds United man now has eight goals in 11 games for Crewe Alexandra.

Leeds had a changing of the guard up front this summer. Billy Sharp, Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara came in. Meanwhile, the likes of Ross McCormack, Matt Smith and Dominic Poleon out.

In one player's case, he came in and has since been sent out. That player is Nicky Ajose.

Ajose was signed by Leeds United in the summer but was not used by the club after Dave Hockaday's sacking, spending most of his time watching from the sidelines.

So he was allowed to join Crewe on loan at the end of November. That deal was then extended until the end of the season in January.

Ajose has been a resounding hit in League One. Yesterday he was at it once again. The striker scored the only goal for Crewe in a League One relegation six-pointer with Yeovil Town at Gresty Road.

His goal proved to be the crucial winner, his eighth goal in 11 games, and it took Crewe to 18th in the table, seven points clear of the relegation zone.

As well as scoring the winner he also missed several chances to finish the game off in the last ten minutes, including one strike that hit the post, not that his coach minded.

After the game his manager Steve Davis raved about the standards he was setting at the club. He told the Stoke Sentinel:

“He’s got a real hunger for scoring and for a forward there’s no better attribute than that...

“He was a little bit unfortunate, on another day they go in for him, but he gets the chances and while he keeps getting the chances he will keep scoring goals.”

Leeds fans won't lose too much sleep over his form. They are currently looking like pulling away from the relegation battle and last night they defeated Reading away to climb ever closer to relative safety.

Meanwhile Ajose is getting playing time, scoring goals and looking the part for any Championship side. Perfect for when he returns to Leeds in the summer.

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