Walker feels he’s got a challenge in terms of impressing Dougie Freedman ahead of the next campaign getting underway, but he’s determined to deal with the apparent advantages older and more experienced players have against him.
“Physically you can get in front of the first team players who have more experience – If you’re at the front of every run you can get into the back of the manager’s mind to make sure he notices you and that can only be a good thing,” he said.
The perception is that because Walker is still a very young man, despite his talent, playing him is a risk because of his lack of physical development and because he doesn’t have the same understanding of the game compared to others.
However, he showed on occasions last season that he’s got all of the skills needed to have an impact in the Championship and all he needs to make the most of that is a chance to play and a system, which supports him.
He will have already made an impression in the mind of Freedman and will be someone the boss is considering using next season.
If he can show in pre-season training that he’s a bit quicker and slicker in terms of the way he gets to and uses the ball, then he’s giving himself an even better chance of featuring in the first game of the new season.
Forest have a wonderful talent on their books and need to give him the best chance of maturing.