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Should Nottingham Forest have backed this pair instead of signing Chuba Akpom

Chuba Akpom

Tyler Walker and Dexter Blackstock deserved a run in the first-team.

Nottingham Forest snapped up Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom in the loan window.

The England under-20 striker has scored goals for fun in the reserves at Arsenal and has made his way into the first-team this term. Yesterday he made his debut for his loan club against Wolves.

He impressed, of that there is no doubt. He showed pace and determination throughout the game and looks like he will be a good signing for Forest.

However, did they need him?

Forest are unlikely to get him again for next season and until they could sign a more permanent replacement for the crocked Britt Assombalonga then they should have just stuck with what they have got - including impressive young striker Tyler Walker.

Walker is the son of club legend Des Walker and is a goal-getting striker, much unlike his father who specialised in stopping goals.

Prior to the arrival of Akpom the 18-year-old had received some playing time and had impressed. He also got 15 minutes against Wolves at the weekend.

Surely he should be getting more of a chance.

Then there is Dexter Blackstock. He scored again on Good Friday and had been in good form prior to that. A loan signing can certainly help, but with Forest owning a talented young striker of their own and Blackstock there to help out Forest might have been fine to wait until the summer.

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