Date:Friday August 16 2013
Peterborough United forward Nicky Ajose could finally depart London Road before the end of the transfer window.
Nicholas Olushola 'Nicky' Ajose joined Posh in July 2011 following a very successful loan at Bury from Manchester United. Having scored 13 goals in 30 appearances for the Lancashire club which helped them to promotion from League Two, much was expected of the striker who had a good pre-season at Posh and started as the number one striker for the first match of the 2011-12 season.
Sadly his Posh career got off to a really bad way as he suffered an injury just 27 minutes into his debut. He took a while to get fit and then in order to get match fit, he went out on loan to League One side Scunthorpe. Despite playing 10 matches, 6 as sub, he failed to get on the score sheet. He was then sent out on loan again, this time to League Two side Chesterfield who were challenging for the play-offs. He did manage to find the back of the net for the Spireites but it was only the once in 12 matches he played for the club (7 of which were substitute appearances though).
Last season was very much a similar story. He started the season on loan at Crawley where he met up with his former Bury manager Richie Barker at Crawley Town. He played 22 times for the Red Devils with half of them coming from the bench. He managed to score just three goals! On his return to London Road, he did make one brief substitute appearance in the FA Cup before being farmed out to the club where he has had his most success…Bury! He stayed at Bury for the remainder of the season making 19 appearances, 4 as sub, while scoring four goals.
It`s easy to see why Posh are keen to off-load the misfit they signed for £300,000 but with the lack of goals, it`s hard to move the forward on especially as Posh want to recoup some of the money they outlaid.
They will have got some money back on the loan fees from the four clubs which could easily have covered the transfer fee but as he`s not been in the plans of Darren Ferguson for the best part of a couple of seasons surely it`s time for a fresh start somewhere for the Bury born forward?
We`ve seen players hang-on as long as possible at Posh and with two years remaining on his contract Ajose could choose to do the same thing. However, any decent player will just want to be playing first team football and if Ajose wants that, then he must face facts and move on. Jose Baxter from this weekend`s opponents Oldham Athletic is a good example. He was offered a new contract at Everton but the youngster just wanted to play first team football so he turned down the contract.
It looks like the penny may have finally dropped as Ajose`s agent, Peter Morrison of James Grant Group, told Sky Sports: 'It's been an extremely disappointing time for Nicky and things have not gone according to plan at Peterborough. At this moment the club feel it might be best for him to move on and have a fresh challenge elsewhere.
'There has been interest from Scotland as well as clubs in League One and Two and we'll be sitting down to discuss his options over the next few weeks.'
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