Tyler Walker and Hillal Soudani may be the answer to a striking summer transfer window poser at Nottingham Forest.

Or at least part of the solution.

The Reds will be bolstering their ranks at the next opportunity.

And the general consensus is that attacking reinforcements are required.

With Lewis Grabban being left to plough something of a lone furrow in 2018-19, assistance is needed.

Daryl Murphy’s experience will provide some of that.

Karim Ansarifard is under contract for another 12 months.

Then there is Walker and Soudani.

Who could be akin to new signings for Forest heading into a new season.

That is because very little has been seen of them this term.


Walker has been away at Mansfield, while Soudani has been stuck on the treatment table.

The former has flourished away from the City Ground.

A 26-goal haul has seen Des’ lad shine with the Stags.

Walker has made the League Two Team of the Year and could yet fire loan employers to promotion into the third tier.

Could he soon be back on Trentside taking aim at the Premier League?

It would be a surprise if he is not given a chance.

Even if that is across pre-season.

At 22 years of age, and having made his senior bow over four years ago, it could be argued that Walker has had his opportunity.

He has, however, operated on the fringes of the fold without the confidence he now boasts.

Regular outings have been required to show what he can do.

The Championship is, of course, an entirely different beast to League Two, but the goalposts remain in the same place.

Why can’t Walker make an important contribution for Forest?


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With the same question asked of Soudani.

The Algerian penned a three-year deal upon his arrival but took in just 145 league minutes before being laid low.

He manged two goals in eight appearances that included only three starts across all competitions.

Energy and strength appeared to form part of his arsenal.

Useful qualities for a man that boasts a strike rate of just under one goal every other outing on an impressive CV.

A knee problem has seen him sidelined since October, but he has edged his way back to fitness.

He now has a full summer in which to work on his sharpness and hit the ground running.

At 31 and 22 years old, Soudani and Walker offer something different to the Forest cause.

It is highly unlikely that the aforementioned duo, Ansarifard, Grabban and Murphy will all be at the City Ground next season – along with any new recruits and returning loanees Jason Cummings and Apostolos Vellios – so something has to give.

Fresh faces may well be needed, but O’Neill may also have more goals right under his nose.

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