Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman on Tyler Walker

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Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says that he is not going to play Tyler Walker until and unless he is ready.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has told BBC Radio Nottingham that Tyler Walker is not far off from making his debut for the first team.

Walker was on the substitutes’ bench for Forest’s Championship clash against Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday.

The teenager did not come on, and although there are injury concerns, Freedman insists that he is not going to throw in Tyler just for the sake of it.

"I think it is too much to ask Tyler to come in (at the moment),” the Scot told BBC Radio Nottingham. "I am a big believer (in playing a player) when he is ready.

"He is training every day and I would not say he is far off, but I would say that it is probably too much to just throw him in there.

"We are working hard with him to make sure he understands what is required from a tactical point of view in the first team. He has certainly got the attributes to have a very good career at Nottingham Forest."

Tyler, son of Forest legend Des Walker, is a highly-rated striker who is known for his combination of pace and power.

The youngster has an eye for goal and can move past defenders with ease, attributes which will help him succeed for the Forest first team in the coming years.

It seems that Freedman does not think that Tyler is ready for the first team, and this is the best approach.

While the Reds could do with a young and energetic player upfront in the wake of injuries suffered by Britt Assombalonga and Matty Fryatt, throwing the youngster in at the deep end could have a negative effect on him if things do not go well.

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