Having reached January, Nottingham Forest can explore the option of bringing Tyler Walker back to the club if they so wish.

In August, the 23-year-old was allowed to head for Lincoln on a season-long loan.

A similar agreement was struck with Mansfield 12 months earlier.

Prior to that, a stint was taken in at Bolton.

Walker has not figured in a competitive game for Forest since the memorable 4-2 FA Cup win over Arsenal on January 7 2018.

We are approaching the two-year mark there.

And the obvious question is: Will he grace the famous Garibaldi again?

Plenty would like to see that be the case.

Many would have him back for the second half of the current campaign.

And for good reason, with Walker having added to the 26 goals he recorded at Mansfield with a further 13 for Lincoln.

Forest could do with that kind of productivity at their disposal.

Option

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Lewis Grabban has being doing the business again in 2019-20, but he has become something of a one-man band.

The option to recall Walker is there.

Sabri Lamouchi needs another frontman and has one within reach that knows all about the club and would require no transfer fee.

Reds legend Garry Birtles has said in the Nottingham Post: “With Walker, you’re not signing somebody from another club that isn’t match fit, hasn’t played in ages let alone scoring goals.

“He’s fit, he’s match fit, playing week in week and out and most importantly, is scoring goals and is confident – he’d fit straight in of that, I have little doubt.

“As it stands, I’d be recalling him if that’s possible under the terms of his loan.

“If and it remains a big if, the club can add genuine quality up front to relieve some of the pressure on Lewis, then by all means, let him stay at Lincoln and keep developing with a view to him coming back in the summer and a decision being taken then.”

That is the poser facing Forest – bring Walker back or keep him at Sincil Bank?

If the first approach is taken, then will he find regular football at the City Ground?

Would such a move mean that he has a long-term future with his parent club?

What if he is kept out of sight?

Planning

 

That would not necessarily mean that there is no place for him on Trentside.

Lamouchi’s transfer business would, however, dictate in which direction the Reds are planning on heading.

If Forest’s recruitment in the final third delivers only loan deals, then that points towards short-term fixes.

Walker could then be welcomed back with open arms over the summer.

If cash is splashed, then that picture shifts somewhat.

With Grabban the main man and somebody potentially coming in alongside him, Walker would remain down the pecking order.

As his contract is only due to run until 2021, Forest would likely open themselves up to a sale.

At 23 years of age, Des’ boy would also push for the exits.

With all of that taken into account, there remains a great deal of uncertainty surrounding Walker.

He has shown flashes of what he is capable of and may yet get his big break in Nottingham, but there is also every chance that his full potential will be unlocked away from where he was born and raised.

Very much a case of wait and see!

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