Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman told Forest Player that he feels his team looked better in their opening game of the Championship against Brighton, when Tyler Walker was pushed further forward.
Walker had to drop deep at times during the game as he looked to get touches on the ball and to find some possession, but as Freedman suggests, Forest appeared to be a better side when he stuck right on top of the opposition defence, looking to play in behind.
“We have to be patient with our younger players – I pushed young Tyler further up front (against Brighton) and I think we looked a little bit better, so that’s food for thought for myself – This Championship is going to be very, very tough and there’s fine lines in it,” he told Forest Player.
Room to experiment against Walsall?
Forest arguably have a little bit of room to experiment in terms of tactics in the League Cup game against Walsall this evening.
It will be interesting to see if the boss protects Walker because of how important he’s become as an attacking option against the need for a long and successful cup run for the team in the competition.
Walker is a very hungry and ambitious young man and this evening represents a chance for the team to fine tune in specific areas, including Walker’s role up front if the manager is happy to subject him to the extra pressure.
He can create some momentum and extra belief and confidence for himself, which he can use to his advantage heading into the next Championship game and beyond.