Rangers should try to loan Watford’s George Byers with John Eustace deal dead

Rangers should look at Watford to sign midfield cover in January.

Rangers have finally pulled out of a deal to sign John Eustace after a long trial, and it is clear that Mark Warburton still wants to add a new midfielder to his team.

He needs someone to provide cover and competition in the central third of the pitch, and add a more physical presence to give him an alternative option if needed.

Considering Warburton’s contacts in English football, it would not be a surprise to see the manager use the loan market again, and there is one Premier League youngster who could be a great option for Rangers when the January transfer window opens.

George Byers is a midfielder who has played once for Watford, having been at their academy since he was seven-years-old. Born in England, the 19-old-year is a Scottish youth international, and appears to be a fan of Rangers judging by his Twitter account.

He also worked under Warburton at Vicarage Road when the current Gers boss was a youth coach in Hertfordshire, and the manager has shown a desire to sign a number of his former prospects in his career.

Most importantly, Byers suits the midfield role that Warburton is looking to sign, being a combative and energetic player who has an adeptness at both attacking and defensive play.

His natural position is as one of the holding players in a 4-2-3-1, although he also been used as a work-horse wide midfielder in a 4-4-2 diamond. Despite his youth he is physical and doesn't shirk away from a challenge, and is highly rated in the Watford youth system.

Unfortunately, the quality of player ahead of him means a first-team role is far away, and the Hornets could be willing to loan him out, especially as it would give him a chance of playing consistent first-team football under a coach renowned for his youth development.

Rangers need to bring in a new midfielder in January to improve their chances of winning promotion, and securing Byers would be a great move for both the club and the player.

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