Former Forest winger Andy Reid and ex-caretaker manager Charlie McParland have told Team Talk that Tyler Walker should have been kept at the City Ground in the summer.
Both were guests alongside host Iain Chambers for this week’s show and when the subject turned to strikers, Walker became the topic of discussion.
The 23-year-old was allowed to join Lincoln City on loan during the summer, following 26 goals on loan at Mansfield Town during 2018/19.
McParland who has held several coaching roles at the City Ground believes he should have been given a chance this season.
He said: “I thought it was a bit shortsighted to get rid of Tyler Walker. I’d have kept him around at the City Ground to sit on the bench. He’s a pure finisher and he’s got seven goals at Lincoln already.”
Forest have just Lewis Grabban as a proven option in the goalscoring department. Rafa Mir arrived on loan from Wolves but has never really proved himself in English football.
As he is a different option to Grabban he doesn’t really slot into Lamouchi’s style of play when he is introduced from the bench.
Reid enjoyed two successful spells at Forest, his first having risen through the academy ranks, and he also feels Walker might have been a useful addition during 2019/20.
He said: “He’s not quite ready for the Championship in terms of playing every single week, week in and week out. In terms of throwing him into the action from the bench, I think he’d do a better job than Mir, or if not better as good a job as Mir.
“He’s a big lad, he puts himself about and when he does get a chance he can score a goal.”
It remains to be seen whether or not Walker can be recalled from his loan spell in January.
Six and half-a-dozen
There is an argument to suggest whether him being on the bench every week at Forest would be counterproductive, however.
At Lincoln, he is a regular starter and he is clearly relishing the opportunity given the number of times he is hitting the net.
Forest must make a careful decision when the window reopens, although it is fair to say that Walker should receive ample game time from the bench.
Grabban staying fit is paramount for Forest to have a successful season and playing 90 minutes every week is unlikely to do him any favours on the fitness front.