Nicky Ajose

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Nicky Ajose
Personal information
Full name Nicholas Olushola Ajose[1]
Date of birth (1991-10-07) 7 October 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth Bury, England
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Number 16
Youth career
1999–2009 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Manchester United 0 (0)
2010–2011 Bury (loan) 28 (13)
2011–2014 Peterborough United 24 (7)
2011 Scunthorpe United (loan) 7 (0)
2012 Chesterfield (loan) 12 (1)
2012 Crawley Town (loan) 19 (2)
2013 Bury (loan) 19 (4)
2013–2014 Swindon Town (loan) 16 (6)
2014– Leeds United 3 (0)
National team
2006–2007 England U16 4 (0)
2007 England U17 1 (0)
2009– Nigeria U20 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:40, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

Nicholas Olushola "Nicky" Ajose (born 7 October 1991) is a professional footballer who plays as a forward for Leeds United. He began his career with Manchester United, but never made an appearance in the first-team and spent much of the 2010–11 season on loan to Bury. He joined Peterborough United in July 2011, but spent time on loan with Scunthorpe United, Chesterfield, Crawley Town and Swindon Town, as well as another six months with Bury, before joining Leeds in August 2014.

Ajose played for England at under-16 and under-17 level. Also eligible to play for Nigeria, he was called up to the Nigeria under-20s for the 2009 African Youth Championship.

Club career[edit]

Manchester United[edit]

Born in Bury, Ajose made his way through Manchester United's youth squads, having joined the club in 1999.[2] He was awarded with his first professional contract by the club in the summer of 2009.[3]

Bury (loan)[edit]

On 24 September 2010, Ajose joined his home-town club, Bury, on a one-month loan deal,[4] he made his debut the following day as an 80th-minute substitute in a 2–0 away win over Cheltenham Town.[5] His first goal for Bury came on his fifth appearance, a 3–0 home win over Accrington Stanley on 9 October.[6] Seven days later he netted in a 4–3 away victory over Torquay United.[7] His loan was later extended until 3 January 2011.[8] Ajose then scored goals in a 3–1 away wins over Aldershot Town on 30 October,[9] and Burton Albion on 19 November.[10] Ajose netted twice in a 5–0 away win over Lincoln City on 23 November.[11] On 5 January 2011, Bury announced that they had agreed at a meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson that Ajose would remain at Bury on loan until 30 June 2011.[12] He returned to Manchester United for treatment in February after damaging his knee.[13] Five weeks later he rejoined Bury to commence the rest of his loan spell.[14] Ajose scored his first goal of 2011 in a 4–2 away victory over Macclesfield Town on 1 February.[15] He scored twice in a 3–0 victory over Oxford United on 2 April,[16] before netting another brace in a 4–2 away win over Northampton Town the following week.[17] Ajose was a pivotal part of the Bury side which secured the League Two runners up spot in 2010/2011.

Peterborough United[edit]

After failing to make it into the Manchester United first-team, Ajose joined Peterborough United – managed by Darren Ferguson, son of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson – on 5 July 2011. Peterborough paid an undisclosed fee for the striker, thought to be around £300,000 who signed a four-year contract with the club.[18] After a short loan spell with Scunthorpe United he signed on loan with Chesterfield for the remainder of the season, scoring his first goal against his former club, Bury.[19] Next a loan spell with former manager Richie Barker's Crawley Town came with 18 appearances and nine goals, Ajose scored the goal that knocked Championship side Bolton Wanderers out of the Football League Cup. In January 2013, Ajose returned to Peterborough, before again signing for his home-town team, Bury, on loan for the rest of the season on 23 January. On 2 February, Ajose scored his first goal back at Bury with a headed effort in their 2–0 over Doncaster Rovers at Gigg Lane.[20] In August 2013, Ajose joined Scottish Premiership side St. Johnstone F.C. (who had qualified for UEFA Europa League) on trial.[21]

On 30 August 2013, Ajose signed for Swindon Town on loan until 1 January 2014.[22] He scored 10 goals in 21 games for Swindon Town in all competitions.

After impressing during his six-month loan spell at Swindon Town, Ajose returned to Peterborough United in January 2014. On 7 February, Ajose won the League One Player of the Month award for January 2014.[23] He scored seven goals for Peterborough United in 22 league appearances, helping them reach the League One play-offs. Ajose started both legs of the play-off semi-final against Leyton Orient, playing alongside Britt Assombalonga up front, but Orient won 3–2 on aggregate and Peterborough were knocked out. Ajose scored 17 goals in all competitions during the 2013–14 season, with 13 of those coming in the league.

In line with the club's policy of transfer-listing all players entering the last year of their contracts, Ajose was transfer-listed by Peterborough on 15 May 2014.[24]

Leeds United[edit]

On 5 August 2014, Ajose signed a three-year contract with Leeds United, who paid Peterborough an undisclosed fee,[25] reported to be around £150,000.[26] Ajose made his debut for Leeds on 9 August against Millwall. [27]

International career[edit]

Ajose has been capped by England U16 four times & once by England U17.[28]

He is also eligible to play for Nigeria and was called up by Nigeria under-20s for the 2009 African Youth Championship.[29]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Bury

Individual[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Continental Other[nb 1] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bury (loan) 2010–11 28 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 32 13
Peterborough United 2011–12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2012–13 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2013–14 22 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 24 7
Total 24 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 27 7
Scunthorpe United (loan) 2011–12 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
Chesterfield (loan) 2011–12 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
Crawley Town (loan) 2012–13 19 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 22 3
Bury (loan) 2012–13 19 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 4
Swindon Town (loan) 2013–14 16 6 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 4 21 10
Leeds United 2014–15 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 126 33 5 0 4 1 0 0 9 4 144 38

Statistics accurate as of match played 12 August 2014[30]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield, Football League Trophy and Football League play-offs

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "United youngster on loan". buryfc.co.uk (Bury F.C.). 25 September 2010. Archived from the original on 11 May 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Cheltenham 0–2 Bury". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 25 September 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Bury 3–0 Accrington". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 9 October 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Torquay 3–4 Bury". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 16 October 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Bury extend loan of Manchester United's Nicky Ajose". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 22 October 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Aldershot 1–3 Bury". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 30 October 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "Burton Albion 1–3 Bury". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 19 November 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  11. ^ "Lincoln City 0–5 Bury". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 23 November 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "Nicky STAYS at Gigg Lane". buryfc.co.uk (Bury FC). 5 January 2011. Archived from the original on 11 May 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "Ajose returns to Old Trafford for treatment". buryfc.co.uk (Bury FC). 8 February 2011. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  14. ^ "Nicky Ajose returns to Bury from Man Utd after injury". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 18 March 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  15. ^ "Macclesfield 2–4 Bury". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 1 February 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "Bury 3–0 Oxford Utd". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 2 April 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  17. ^ "Northampton 2–4 Bury". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 9 April 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  18. ^ "Peterborough land Manchester United's Nicky Ajose". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 5 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  19. ^ "Spireites issue retained list". Chesterfield FC. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012. [dead link]
  20. ^ "Bury 2–0 Doncaster". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 2 February 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  21. ^ "Ajose back with Posh". Sky Sports. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  22. ^ "Nicky Ajose: Swindon agree loan deal for Peterborough striker". BBC Sport. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  23. ^ a b "Ajose named Player of the Month". football-league.co.uk (The Football League). 7 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  24. ^ "LEAGUE ONE LATEST: Ex Manchester United striker Nicky Ajose is transfer-listed by Peterborough United". Scunthorpe Telegraph (Local World). 15 May 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  25. ^ "Nicky Ajose: Leeds United sign Peterborough United striker". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 5 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  26. ^ Hay, Phil (8 August 2014). "Ajose: I've earned my chance at Leeds United". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  27. ^ "Millwall v Leeds". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  28. ^ "Nicky Ajose". TheFA.com. The Football Association. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  29. ^ "Country Call up Man Utd Youngster". Kick Off Magazine. 14 December 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  30. ^ "21. Nicky Ajose". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 

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