Steve Hodge on Nottingham Forest youngster Tyler Walker

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Steve Hodge analyses Nottingham Forest forward Tyler Walker.

Steve Hodge has explained to BBC Radio Nottingham the strengths and weakness of Nottingham Forest forward Tyler Walker.

Walker has been making the news this week following his debut goal for the Nottingham-based outfit on Monday.

The 18-year-old came on as a substitute for Arsenal-owned Chuba Akpom in the 41st minute of the Championship encounter against Brentford at Griffin Park.

The youngster found the target just past the hour mark with a good finish, taking around 56 minutes of game time - spread over four matches - to score his first professional goal.

Former Forest midfielder Hodge was watching the match, which ended in a 2-2 draw, and spoke highly of Walker, while also pointing out the striker’s weaknesses.

“I saw this kid play in the academy four or five years ago,” the 52-year-old told BBC Radio Nottingham on Monday. “He was always good at holding the ball up, laying the ball off, he was never the quickest player in the world as a striker. He will be judged over the years if he can score a goal or not…

“He did it (hold the ball well) at 13, 14. The thing he had in his locker was backing into people. He always had a good touch and could see people around him. That will certainly be his asset.

“He will never be running into channels and beating people with a quick run and quick stepovers. He certainly is a player who backs into people, lays the ball off and gets into the box to finish whenever he can.”

All players have their strengths and weaknesses, and Hodge's insight should not decimate Forest fans’ opinion and expectations of Walker.

The youngster broke into the first team only last month, and manager Dougie Freedman rates him highly.

At 18, Walker has still time on his hands to improve his game and add more facets to it. He will not be able to add pace, of course, but just because he is not very quick does not mean that he will not be a success.

Walker has footballing intelligence and knows how to pick his teammates. If he can build on these two areas and build up an understanding with his Forest teammates in the coming weeks, then he will become a very important player for Forest next season.

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