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With the January transfer window fast approaching Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi is faced with a decision over whether to recall on-loan striker Tyler Walker, who is currently plying his trade in League One with Lincoln City.
Lamouchi currently relies on Lewis Grabban and Rafa Mir for his fire-power up-front, leading many fans to suggest the 23-year-old should be recalled, following nine goals in 22 appearances in all competitions.
So should Forest recall Walker in January?
“Only if they can’t find a suitable alternative in the transfer market.
“Forest do need to find some support for Lewis Grabban as so far Rafa Mir has not proved up to it.
“Walker’s goalscoring form at Lincoln has dried up a little and you feel their promotion hopes may gain more from the signing of a more experienced forward.
“Additionally, it will allow the 23-year-old to keep playing regularly first-team football with the Imps, which will surely be great for his development.”
“Whilst Lewis Grabban has been able to produce the goods on a consistent basis this season, he desperately needs some competition up-front and thus recalling Walker next month may turn out to be a wise decision by Lamouchi.
“Since joining Lincoln in the summer from Forest on a temporary basis, the forward has impressed in the third-tier of English football.
“As well as providing two assists for his team-mates, Walker has scored seven league goals for the Imps which has helped them make a relatively positive start to the season.
“Given that Rafa Mir’s loan stint at Forest has been a disaster, bringing back Walker could help solve Forest’s inconsistency when it comes to taking the game to the opposition in the Championship.”
Should Nottingham Forest recall Tyler Walker in January?
“I don’t think they should – I just don’t see the point in recalling Walker next month.
“Walker scored goals for fun in League Two for Mansfield last season, but it was definitely the right move to send him out on loan to League One Lincoln in the summer as the gulf in quality is very high.
“Walker has scored goals for fun once again this season, but recalling him could be poor for his development – he’s only going to be a back-up option for Grabban and is hardly going to break into the starting line-up.
“He’s playing week in, week out and thriving out on loan at Lincoln, but what would be the point in recalling him if he isn’t going to play regularly for Forest.”