Oxford United's head coach believes Alex Jakubiak has "tons of ability" despite the Watford striker's loan ending prematurely due to a lack of game time.

The 18-year-old had not featured for the League Two side since October 11, having previously made two starts and eight substitute appearances for the U’s, scoring one goal.

Oxford head coach Michael Appleton told the club's website: "First of all I want to thank Watford for letting him come here on loan. He has found it hard to get games over the last few weeks and we talked to Watford and the player himself and everyone agreed that the best thing for him right now is to be back at Vicarage Road.

"Alex has tons of ability and is keen to learn and we have enjoyed working with him here and wish him well for the future."

The Scotland Under-21 international signed a two-year deal - his first professional contract - with the Hornets in May, with the club having the option of an additional year.

Jakubiak made his professional debut when he started for the Golden Boys in the final game of last season.

That came after he had scored one goal in 11 games on loan at Braintree Town in the Conference, between March and April.