Nottingham Forest will hope to hit the ground running when Championship football returns on Saturday. The Reds face Bristol City away following the last international break until March.
With the Christmas period on the horizon, games are set to come thick and fast. Following the crucial festive run of games, the January transfer window will open and Forest will be identifying targets.
Football has changed over the years and these days recruitment teams spend all season running the rule over players, ready to pounce when clubs are allowed to do their business.
One area in which Forest will surely look to strengthen in is upfront. Lewis Grabban is the club’s only senior striker and he has seven goals to his name from the first 15 fixtures.
Rafa Mir is on loan from Wolves but he has flattered to deceive and doesn’t look capable of scoring regular goals at Championship level.
One name who has been touted as a potential for the Forest squad is Tyler Walker. The young talisman is currently on loan at Lincoln where he is due to spend the season.
The 23-year-old scored 26 goals for Mansfield Town last season and has a further nine to his name for the Imps during 2019/20.
He does have 39 appearances Forest appearances to his name already, although he hasn’t played for the Reds since the start of 2018.
During his previous outings in the first-team, he was lumbered out wide. His loan spells away from the City Ground have shown that he is a capable goalscorer, however.
Walker’s time to shine at Forest will come but it shouldn’t be yet.
Lamouchi will probably have a clear idea in his head of how he sees the youngster’s future at the City Ground playing out.
Lincoln fans have taken to Walker and without his goals so far this season they would be languishing towards the bottom of the division.
At times it has seemed as though the Forest youngster is the only player capable of scoring for the Imps.
Danny Cowley left for Huddersfield back in September and Michael Appleton has since taken charge at Sincil Bank.
Walker has maintained his place in the team under the new boss and is clearly relishing playing football on a regular basis.
If the youngster came back to the City Ground his chances of doing that would be seriously hampered. As long as Grabban is fit, he will maintain his place in the team and that won’t help Walker.
Right not building Walker’s confidence must be the priority for Forest and having him back at the City Ground stuck on the bench kicking his heels could set his development back many months.
Next season could be the one when Forest fans see the best of Walkers. Right now, however, his development is better served in staying with Lincoln until the end of the campaign.