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The answer could be right under their noses.
Whilst there has been plenty of talk about Nottingham Forest shopping for a new forward in the transfer market and with help needed for Lewis Grabban, there is someone they could turn to possibly make the matter easier.
This is rather surprising because he’s someone that should be relatively familiar to the hierarchy at the City Ground, and that’s loanee Tyler Walker.
Walker has been having a relatively successful time at Lincoln City, with seven goals and two assists in 15 league appearances so far this season (via Transfermarkt), so clearly knows where the back of the net is.
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Anyone who comes in is going to be asked to play second fiddle to the main man Grabban, so there’s no point going out and signing a big name because it would just cause tension as they fight it out to see who can start each week.
Therefore, bring in someone that won’t want to cause a fuss and can chip in every now and then. Get someone who can develop underneath an experienced forward like Grabban and see how things are moving forward.
Playing at a higher level and being around Championship players will undoubtedly give Walker’s career development much more of a boost.
We’ve seen that he can produce at League One, now might be the perfect time to see if he can produce at a higher level.
It’s not just in terms of goals that Walker can help them out, but also in the bank. Bringing him into the side means they won’t have to shell out any extra money on either a transfer fee or to cover his wages, and they might even take the step of sending the underperforming Rafa Mir back to Wolves.
They can then use that money to spend on other areas of the pitch that might need improving. For instance a more reliable creative midfielder, rather than having to chop and change between the likes of Joao Carvalho and Tiago Silva.
Is he going to instantly come in and score the 10-15 goals that Nottingham Forest need to challenge for promotion? Probably not, but if he can chip in with the odd goal now and then when Grabban needs a little bit of rest then he will have served his purpose.