Rangers should loan Watford’s Alex Jakubiak this month

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Rangers boss Warburton wants to sign a back-up striker this month.

Rangers are still lacking a top class back-up forward, to cover for Martyn Waghorn, and Mark Warburton is looking to fix this problem this month.

The transfer window offers the manager a chance to sign a new forward, one who will move ahead of Kenny Miller in the pecking order, and bring pace and energy that Rangers need to cover for Waghorn.

This is where Alex Jakubiak comes in, having impressed so highly in Under-21 football with Watford this season.

Jakubiak, 19, is a graduate of Watford’s academy, and has played once for the Hornets first-team. He is highly rated, and spent last season out on loan in League Two, scoring five goals in 32 games for both Oxford United and Dagenham & Redbridge.

This season, Jakubiak has seen his time spent training with the senior squad but playing for the Under-21s. Despite his young age, the forward has already proven he is above the quality of the Under-21 division, and he currently leads the scoring charts in the division with 10 goals.

In total, Jakubiak has 12 goals in all youth competitions this season, and he went on a run of scoring in eight consecutive games earlier in the term.

He needs to be playing competitive football, and Rangers would be the perfect option for him to hone his talents.

They play a style of football perfect for a striker, as they create a host of chances, and Jakubiak’s pace and energy would be perfectly suited to the team. He also has the ability to play on either wing - having spent time there whilst on his loan spells - and Warburton wants his forward players to be universal.

As he would only be a back-up to Waghorn, the pressure on him to perform every week would not be there, and the youngster would have enough time to develop under a coach renowned for his work with young players.

Rangers need to bring a striker in on loan for the second half of the season, and Warburton should look to raid his former club for a player who has all the talent needed to succeed in the Scottish Championship.

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