Patience is a virtue that Tyler Walker is hoping to see rewarded in the very near future at Nottingham Forest.
The 23-year-old has been seriously biding his time.
To the point that he could have been forgiven for feeling like something of a forgotten man.
His name was on a contract, but he was out of both sight and mind.
For over two years!
Walker’s outing against Birmingham on Saturday was his first for the Reds since January 7, 2018.
Said appearance came in the memorable 4-2 FA Cup win over Arsenal.
A loan spell at Bolton was taken in shortly afterwards.
Followed by a season at Mansfield.
And a stint with Lincoln.
Best laid plans etc.
With Forest facing a needs must situation at the end of the January transfer window, a recall option was taken up in an agreement with the Imps.
Their loss is supposed to be the Reds’ gain.
Sabri Lamouchi was crying out for attacking reinforcements, and got them in the form of Walker and Nuno Da Costa.
The former will require no time in which to find his feet.
The surroundings are familiar and confidence has been restored.
Over the course of the last year-and-a-half, Walker has plundered 42 goals – 26 for Mansfield and 16 for Lincoln.
Lamouchi has said in the Nottingham Post of his return to Trentside: “He can score at all levels.
“League Two he has scored, League One he has scored, Championship he will score, and Premier League, I am sure he will score.
“He is a striker and a goal scorer. He is a killer inside the box.”
Walker just now needs to prove as much back in Garibaldi.
Some 26 months have passed since he last found the target for Forest.
Said strike came in a 4-2 defeat at Ipswich on December 2, 2017.
His last effort at the City Ground came a month prior to that, on November 4 as part of a brace in a 4-0 win over QPR.
Walker’s only other goal for the Reds on home soil was registered in a League Cup tie with Walsall in August 2015.
Sporadic would be the best way of describing his appearances and contribution.
Through no fault of his own.
Even after being welcomed back with open arms, he still finds himself facing a fight for minutes.
Both he and Da Costa have to form an orderly queue behind Lewis Grabban.
Walker has mastered the art of waiting.
And this time it appears as though his persistence will finally be rewarded, with Des’ boy now a man and one ready to prove that he can be a key part of Forest’s present and future.