Does Nicky Ajose have a future at Leeds United?

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The striker is banging in the goals on loan at Crewe Alexandra.

Leeds United made plenty of moves in the transfer market over the past 12 months, including the curious case of Nicky Ajose. The striker was signed from Peterborough United but after Dave Hockaday was sacked he became an unwanted commodity.

Soon enough he was loaned out to Crewe Alexandra of League One, where he has been putting the goalscoring antics of the players still at Elland Road to shame.

The pacey forward is certainly showing that he has a future at Leeds United with his form at Crewe. He has scored an incredible eight goals in 12 appearances for the club and become one of the division's most feared strikers.

Ajose's haul of eight makes him by far a greater goalscorer than anyone in the Leeds team.

The strikers at Elland Road currently are Steve Morison, Billy Sharp, Brian Montenegro, Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara.

Morison has not scored in years, Sharp has three goals to his name, Montenegro is yet to score and Doukara has five in 21 appearances.

The only player that can rival him is Antenucci. The Italian also has eight goals, but with 25 games to his name, he has played double the amount of time that Ajose has for Crewe.

Then there is the argument that the current batch of Leeds strikers have better players providing for them than Ajose. This is easily counteracted by the standard of defending in the Championship compared to League One but there is no doubting Ajose deserves his chance at Leeds.

Not this season. He is in great form at Crewe and his self-belief is sky high. But come pre-season he should be integrated into the club like one of their own, finally, before being unleashed on the Championship.

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