We are almost halfway through the January transfer window and Nottingham Forest are yet to sign another striker – cue renewed talk of Tyler Walker returning to the City Ground.

Such speculation is, of course, nothing new.

From the moment Walker opened his account for Lincoln back in August there have been murmurings of a homecoming.

The decision was taken to let him go in search of regular game time.

He was found that with the Imps, along with 15 goals.

With Lewis Grabban carrying a similar load by himself on Trentside, calls for assistance have mounted by the week.

Forest parted with plenty of firepower last summer.

Admittedly much of it hadn’t found a spark, but seven forwards headed for the exits.

Walker formed part of that exodus.

He is, along with Virgil Gomis, part of an elite group still contracted to the Reds.


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And the only one that would appear to have any shot at a long-term future in NG2.

There is no need to rush that process.

We have been down that road before, with Walker finding the target six times in 38 appearances.

Many of those were cameo outings off the bench, but a change of scenery was clearly required.

A spark has been found not all that far from Nottingham – first at Mansfield and now at Lincoln.

Let him be.

Walker is offering no indication that he wants to see a season-long agreement cut short.

Quizzed again on the recall rumours, he has told LincolnshireLive: “Yeah, my contract here is until the end of the season, that’s all I’m thinking about.

“I’m very pleased [with how the loan has gone]. I came here to play games and be given an opportunity on a League One stage. Hopefully it can continue.

“I probably speak to them [Forest] once a month. They check how I am. But they’ve got to concentrate on them and I’ve got to concentrate on Lincoln.”

Sound advice.


Forest need to concentrate on themselves and getting winter deals over the line.

Loan moves are fine, with it possible that Walker – like Joe Worrall before him – will be welcomed back to the City Ground with open arms.

Something needs to happen though.

Preferably movement that brings a proven performer into Sabri Lamouchi’s squad.

Be that a Glenn Murray, Jonathan Kodja, Billy Sharp or anyone else who fits that particular mould.

Given the endless stream of strikers to have been linked with the Reds since long before the latest window opened, you would hope that at least one signature can be secured.

If not, and Walker is forced to retrace his steps, that would feel a little desperate.

There is plenty to be said for getting him involved again, and his recent record suggests that he is ready to take on more of a prominent role.

Forest have been scouring other markets, though, and Des’ lad has no desire to come back just yet.

Goal-getters are hard to find, and the Reds own one starring elsewhere, but something will have gone wrong somewhere if Walker ends up gracing the famous Garibaldi in 2019-20.

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