Lewis Grabban, or more specifically who is going to come in and offer him some backup.
It’s the story that is set to dominate the Nottingham Forest transfer window, and we’re still not any closer to finding out what the answer is going to be.
One man who is on the minds of Nottingham Forest fans is 23-year-old Tyler Walker, who is currently on loan at League One side Lincoln City and has scored 15 goals in all competitions this season. And it has led to a lot of calls from fans for him to be recalled from his loan and let him take up the mantle of backing up Grabban.
However, speaking to Lincolnshire Live (via Nottinghamshire Live), Lincoln City boss Michael Appleton says that he isn’t expecting him to be recalled to the City Ground any time soon, although he wouldn’t be surprised if circumstances changed:
“At the minute he’s our player. I’m not expecting to be told any different but I’m never surprised.”
Whilst it is obvious that Walker knows where the goal is, I do think that putting all this faith in him to essentially be the knight in shining armour to come and rescue the club is still a little bit too optimistic.
I’ve written before about the risks that bringing up someone up from League One to the Championship, and if Forest weren’t in such a tight battle for promotion then I would be willing to try it out just to see if he can handle the step up. However, this isn’t the season that Forest need to be taking a chance on someone like this, they need to bring in someone that they know can score the goals required.
And whilst someone like Dwight Gayle looks to be out of their price range, it needs to be someone of his calibre that the Reds go after, rather than using it as an opportunity to essentially experiment.
Should the club recall Tyler Walker this window?
Bring in Walker during the summer in pre-season when you can afford to take that risk, but not right now.