The transfer embargo currently over the club means that Forest can’t throw big money at several top signings, suggesting that manager Dougie Freedman will have to look to the youth ranks next season for fresh players.
Walker is a talented and raw young forward, who isn’t afraid to see that as something he can take advantage of.
“If we can’t sign any players, they’re going to be looking towards the youth and for me that’s a massive boost because my goal is to be playing first team football and if they look to us to do that, it’s a massive boost for me,” he said.
The four-year contract which was recently handed to Walker by Forest is proof of the belief that Freedman has in his ability.
He’s go the hunger, the ambition and the pace needed to make a difference in the team’s attack and should be looking to put as much pressure as possible on Freedman, as he looks to force his way into the first team.
It could be very easy for a player in Walker’s position, with the security of a big contract, to fall back and rest on that in the under-21 setup.
That may be the level that Walker initially starts at next season, but there’s no reason he can’t push on and develop his game by playing competitive matches in a difficult division like the Championship.
Walker and Ben Osborn are two good examples that younger players can excel at Forest and hopefully Freedman can find a few more gems over the coming months.