Leeds boss Redfearn comments on option of recalling Nicky Ajose

Crewe Gresty Road

Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has been asked about on loan forward Nicky Ajose, who is currently at Crewe Alexandra.

Leeds United are well known to be seeking to sign a winger on loan, but they have a wide player in prolific form who they have farmed out themselves.

Summer signing Nicky Ajose failed to earn starts under Neil Redfearn and was loaned to Crewe Alexandra in November until January, before the deal was extended last month until the end of the season.

Ajose has been busy proving a point ever since, helping the Railwaymen move out of the League One relegation zone and into 18th, remarkably just seven points off the play-offs.

The 23-year-old has scored an impressive nine goals in his last 13 games, prompting questions as to whether Leeds should have given him more of a chance.

Redfearn was quizzed about him by BBC Radio Leeds yesterday, and was asked if he could bring him back before the end of the season.

While he is not in charge of transfers, the head coach did not rule it out, although urged caution over Ajose's record alone.

He said: "Obviously Nicky's gone out on a season long loan, so I don't know the implications or ramifications of recalling him back but he's doing well at that level.

"There's a big gap between the first division and the Championship. That doesn't mean to say Nicky hasn't done well because he has, he obviously has. The good thing is it happened with Scotty Wootton, he went out on loan to Rotherham and found his feet again and got some games, and was better for it when he came back in.

"Sometimes you need to put players in a better place so they get confidence from playing games and that's been the case with Nicky."

Redfearn could have quite easily dismissed bringing him back outright, but admitted he did not know whether it was possible.

This may in itself suggest he is not interested in doing so as a priority, because he has not asked his superiors as to the technicalities of doing so.

Crewe will hope it is not a possibility, having seen loan striker Uche Ikpeazu recalled by Watford earlier this year, but Redfearn went onto say he is happy with his current squad, and with youngster Lewis Walters returning from injury, he has another option on the flanks to consider before, if it all, he acts regarding Ajose.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch