Lincoln City boss Michael Appleton has addressed speculation over the future of on-loan Nottingham Forest striker Tyler Walker.
The 23-year-old joined the Imps on a season-long loan in August. He has already made 31 appearances in all competitions at Sincil Bank, contributing with 16 goals.
Sabri Lamouchi has made it clear that he’s looking to strengthen his attacking options this month.
The Reds so far have struggled to land any of their targets, meaning that recalling Walker from Lincoln could become more of a possibility as the window goes on.
Lamouchi has already admitted previously that recalling the striker could be an option.
Walker was on the scoresheet again in midweek as he scored Lincoln’s second in a 5-1 demolition of struggling Bolton Wanderers at Sincil Bank.
Appleton was questioned about the striker’s future after the game.
Speaking to LincolnshireLive, he said: “At the minute he’s our player. I’m not expecting any different but I’m never surprised.”
The Imps have enjoyed an upturn in form in the last few weeks. They will be hopeful of closing the five point gap between themselves in the play-offs, and keeping hold of Walker will be crucial to those plans.
That being said, the Reds may be tempted to recall him as they look to push for promotion to the Premier League.
Rafa Mir has recently departed the City Ground, meaning that Lewis Grabban is essentially the only striker available to Lamouchi.
It has left the Reds with no option but to sign another striker this month.
If they don’t manage to, they’re going to have a huge issue on their hands if Grabban picks up an injury.
Walker has also been asked for his thoughts on his future, but he wasn’t giving much away.
He told LincolnshireLive: “My contract here is until the end of the season. That’s all I’m thinking about.
“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.”
It’ll certainly be interesting to see how this situation continues to develop.