Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman should play Tyler Walker more instead of signing a striker

Nottingham Forest have been linked with a move for Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom, but manager Dougie Freedman must keep faith in Tyler Walker.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman is looking to sign a striker before the end of the loan window on Thursday, as reported by Sky Sports recently.

The number of injuries that the Reds are struggling with at the moment, not least to that to Britt Assombalonga, means that they are looking to add some firepower for the rest of the season.

Freedman himself has admitted that it is not easy to sign a striker on loan, but it seems that he is going to make a final push before the window slams shut on Thursday.

Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom is one player who has been linked with a loan move to the City Ground, with The Mirror reporting that Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is happy to send out the youngster to the Nottingham-based club.

However, Freedman could just forget about Akpom and any other strikers he may have in mind, and hand more chances to Tyler Walker.

The 18-year-old highly-rated forward has already made his debut for the Forest first team this season and has featured in two Championship games.

Against both Rotherham United and Norwich City, Walker came on as a late substitute. Although he failed to make any considerable impact in either of those matches, the youngster can certainly do so if he is given more playing time.

The teenager is known for his combination of pace and power, and has an eye for goal and can move past defenders with ease - attributes which make him a strong candidate to retain his place in the Forest first team.

Freedman recently told The Daily Mail that Walker “will be a regular in this football team in the next couple of years”, and perhaps the Scot should start that process rightaway.

True, Walker lacks experience and throwing him in at the deep end could have a negative effect on him, but there are so many players who have gone on to succeed after making their debut as a teenager.

Having trained with the first team, Walker knows what to expect and knows the players, which will help him get a better understanding of his teammates for the rest of the season.

Forest are not yet completely out of the running for the playoffs and maintaining faith in Walker at the moment is a gamble, but look at the bigger picture.

If Walker gets more experience and playing time between now and the end of the season, then he is certainly going to be a better position to help Forest in their push for Premier League promotion in 2015-16.

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