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Nicky Ajose's League One Player of the Year nomination is yet more proof Leeds made a mistake

The Swindon Town player should have been given more time at former club Leeds United.

Former Leeds United player Nicky Ajose has been shortlisted for the League One Player of the Year award, giving yet more credence to the argument that the Whites were foolish to part company with the forward so soon.

Ajose signed for Leeds in 2014 but made only three first-team appearances for the club before being sent on loan to Crewe Alexandra.

There he netted eight times and provided five assists in 27 matches, but those Leeds supporters hoping he would get more chances at Elland Road were left disappointed when he was released before being snapped up by Swindon Town.

That proved to be a masterstroke for the Robins, with Ajose scoring 23 goals in 35 matches this season to keep them six points clear of the relegation zone as things stand.

Were it not for Ajose, Swindon would be deep in a relegation fight, so it is no surprise his form has been recognised. But how Leeds could have done with a free-scoring Ajose considering their own problems up front.

Still only 24, Ajose is a player who deserved time at Leeds and instead was made to suffer in part due to the regularly changing management situation at the club.

Ajose is up against Gillingham’s Bradley Dack and Walsall’s Romaine Sawyers for the award.

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