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Nahki Wells has been in superb form for Queens Park Rangers this term, with the Burnley loanee once again showing his scoring touch in west London, notching seven goals in his first 13 outings for the R’s this season.
Given his solid showings for Mark Warburton’s side, it is perhaps unsurprising to see other clubs being linked with the 29-year-old Bermudan’s signature, with fellow Championship outfit Birmingham City said to be eyeing a January approach for the former Huddersfield Town man.
Any form of departure for Wells would be bad news for the R’s with much of their success this season being down to the form the striker has shown in front of goal, however there is one man amongst the club ranks that will surely be hopeful of this happening.
Jan Mlakar joined QPR from Brighton and Hove Albion this summer, with the 21-year-old Slovenian making the move to the Championship in search of regular game time as the youngster looks to continue his development.
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Ultimately the forward has been largely restricted to a bit part role under Warburton, with the former Brentford boss having only granted the ex-Fiorentina trainee five substitute appearances in the league so far, which has been mainly down to the high performance levels displayed by Messrs Wells and Jordan Hugill.
The young forward clearly offers something different in comparison to his fellow forwards, with the 21-year-old possessing great pace as well as providing a strong aerial threat, which he showed to great effect during his time at former club NK Maribor, for whom he scored 17 goals in 44 games across two seasons.
If the Brighton loanee can once again find his scoring touch in a blue and white shirt, there is no reason why he can’t break into the starting eleven under Warburton, with the ex-Glasgow Rangers boss having shown a willingness to put trust in young players throughout the majority of his career in English football.
In addition to his scoring qualities, Mlakar can also help to provide the R’s with yet another creative outlet, with the forward having registered eight assists during his time at Maribor, perhaps suggesting he isn’t your usual target man as many would expect.
In conclusion, Mlakar’s game time will all depend on the future of Wells, who is a player that the R’s will no doubt be going all out to keep hold of for the rest of this season at least, meaning the Slovenian forward may just have to grit his teeth and simply bide his time.