The Leeds United head coach has praised Ajose’s work ethic in pre-season training.
Ajose spent the majority of last season on loan with Crewe, and Rosler has praised the forgotten man’s ability in pre-season training in an interview with the official Leeds website.
Rosler said: “With me it is always the same – I judge people on what I see on the pitch. For example, Nicky Ajose has been terrific. He has been the fittest and the best runner. He’s put a lot of effort in. He was completely out of the picture so well done to the lad.”
Ajose, 23, only signed for the Whites last summer, but managed just four appearances for the club before being farmed out on loan. He played well for Crewe Alex in League One, scoring eight goals and registering five assists in 27 gams.
Usually deployed as an attacking midfielder, Ajose brings a strong goal threat, and he will be hoping to establish himself in the Leeds first-team this coming season.
It is good to hear that Rosler is already impressed by him, and his willingness to work hard in pre-season could be a way into the senior set-up. If he continues to play well, Rosler will have no choice except to pick him for pre-season games, and then he can prove in match action that he deserves a place in the team when the competitive season starts.
For Ajose, Rosler’s appointment comes at a perfect time, as the coach will only judge the players by what he sees. He has admitted that he has been impressed by the former Peterborough man, and the attacker outcast under the previous regime can utilise this new lease of life to great effect at Elland Road.