Tyler Walker made his Lincoln City debut at the weekend, following his season-long loan move from Nottingham Forest.
The Imps began their 2019/20 League One campaign by beating Accrington Stanley 2-0 at Sincil Bank. The 22-year-old striker was drafted straight into the starting line-up by Danny Cowley.
He came close to marking his debut with a goal but he was denied by ex-Forest goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov. However, his performance didn’t go unnoticed by his new supporters, as he received a standing ovation when he was substituted in the latter stages.
Speaking to Lincolnshire Live post-match about the striker’s performance, Cowley said: “I thought Tyler was really bright on his debut.
“He was full of running and kept the ball up the pitch without great service in the first half.
“In the second half, his link-up and combination play was good and he always looks a threat in front of goal.”
There was an assumption among supporters at the City Ground that the striker would have a part to play under Sabri Lamouchi this season. There was an element of surprise when he was allowed to join the Imps last week.
There’s no doubt that it has left the Reds short of attacking options. Lamouchi currently only has Lewis Grabban and Rafa Mir in his plans. He does hope to add to that this week, with Leonardo Ulloa the latest name to be linked.
However, the Reds could’ve avoided having to fork out for a new signing by giving Walker a chance to impress. If he is a success with the Imps this season, there may be an element of regret.
The fact that he was thrown into the starting line-up after just a couple of days training shows just how highly-rated he is by Cowley. John Akinde, who was Lincoln’s leading scorer last season, had to settle for a place on the bench.
It remains to be seen whether the 22-year-old can continue his goalscoring form from last season in League One. It certainly seems as though he has made a positive start.
The Reds could yet regret their decision to loan him out to the Imps.