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Tyler Walker should leave Nottingham Forest and escape father’s legacy

The young striker may never fulfil his potential at Nottingham Forest.

Mathew Coull

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Being the son of a legendary footballer certainly brings with it some element of pressure. There are not many who have gone on to perform at the highest level quite like their fathers have. Jordi Cruyff, anyone? One young man who is currently trying to forge his own path is Nottingham Forest striker Tyler Walker.

The 21-year-old is the son of former Forest and England defender Des Walker. The 59-cap England legend spent two spells at Forest before retiring in 2004 and is considered one of the greatest defenders in the club’s history.

(left) of Oldham chase the ball during the Littlewoods Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in London. Nottingham Forest won the match 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Dan Smith/Allsport

So following in his footsteps was always going to be difficult. Walker has impressed at Forest but has also had to spend time on loan with clubs like Burton Albion, Stevenage and Port Vale.

The young striker has certainly had his moments at the City Ground and this season was looking promising for him. He scored four goals in 16 games for Forest but after Aitor Karanka’s arrival his first-team opportunities dried up.

Instead, he found himself loaned out to Bolton Wanderers where things did not go to plan. He struggled at the Macron Stadium and played just five times. Eventually, he was dropped to the under-23s and played no part in the Trotters Championship survival run.

So what next for Walker? Has the time come for him to leave the City Ground, for good?

The reality is that this summer might be the best time for Walker to move on.

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ILKESTON, ENGLAND – JULY 12: Tyler Walker of Nottingham Forest talks to Des Walker during a pre season friendly between Ilkeston and Nottingham Forest on July 12, 2014 in Ilkeston, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

Karanka, it seems, is not a fan. The club has ample options in the striker position with Joe Lolley, Ben Brereton, Apostolos Vellios, Darryl Murphy and the returning Jason Cummings all options. New faces are also expected and Walker will soon have to contend with the emerging talent of Arvin Appiah.

Walker needs to start making a name for himself as more than just the son of the legendary Des Walker. Trying to do that at the club where he is so revered is always going to be a massive challenge.

This summer might be the perfect time for Walker to say he wants a move elsewhere. He could thrive in League One and become a star in his own right. But it means bidding farewell to the City Ground and the legacy of his father.

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Difficult Rangers spell puts Jason Cummings’ Nottingham Forest future in doubt

The 22-year-old made just nine starts at Ibrox.

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Jason Cummings’ loan move from Nottingham Forest has come to an end, with the striker returning to his parent club from Rangers. However, his time at Ibrox has failed to give supporters a reason to demand he is kept in Glasgow on a permanent deal.

According to the Scottish Sun, Forest boss Aitor Karanka believes Cummings no longer has a future at the club due to his lack of game time in Scotland. He made just nine starts in all for the Gers, coming off the bench on a further nine occasions in a disappointing loan spell.

The 22-year-old striker arrived at Ibrox with lofty expectations, but he failed to establish himself as a regular in the Gers’ first team and spent more time on the sidelines than he did on the pitch.

The Scotland international netted six goals in total but, despite showing signs of his promising talent, he didn’t demonstrate why new manager Steven Gerrard should acquire his services on a full-time basis.

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Cummings was brilliant for Scottish Premier League outfit Hibernian before his move to Forest in the summer of 2017, for a fee, according to the Nottingham Post, to be in the region of £1 million.

Gerrard was brought in to improve on the quality already at the club and, considering the Liverpool legend’s name and reputation, he will feel he can bring in better players than Cummings.

This must now leave the striker worrying about his future with his parent club, who could quite conceivably be tempted to part company with a player who has only scored once in 14 appearances for the two-time European Cup winners.

Once one of Scotland’s most promising strikers, Cummings is facing exile from both of his represented clubs and will be seriously worried as to what the future holds.

Despite struggling to make an impact for the Gers, the two-time Scotland international possesses undeniable talent. If Rangers feel he hasn’t justified a permanent deal, another loan move could bring the best out of the once-promising striker.

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Nottingham Forest must consider Arvin Appiah for first-team role next season

The Nottingham Forest youngster looks a genuine talent.

Mathew Coull

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Nottingham Forest face a big season next term under the guidance of Aitor Karanka. The club must improve on what was a forgettable campaign last term. What looks likely is an influx of new faces under the Spaniard, who already made big changes during his first transfer window opportunity in the winter.

One area that needs improving is in the striking department. Forest are likely to look for new options in attack, after a season short of goals – especially under Karanka’s rule.

But whilst the temptation is to go and buy new faces, which they should do, consideration must also be made to whether or not some of the youngsters can come through and make the grade.

One young man who Forest will need to make that decision over is talented winger Arvin Appiah.

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At just 17-years-old the magic wideman has all the attributes to go on and become a regular at first-team level for Forest.

This summer he has been one of the standout performers for England’s under-18s in their run to the semi-finals of the European Under-18 Championships on home soil. He scored a masterful goal against Italy during the competition, before also scoring in England’s unsuccessful penalty shoot-out with the Netherlands in the semi-finals.

Karanka has now told the Nottingham Post that Appiah will need to work hard to get his chance in the first-team next season.

Appiah could certainly offer Forest something different out wide. His blistering pace and trickery is somewhat lacking in the current squad and would be more than welcome by fans at the club. The teenager, who signed his first professional contract with the club in January, could be exactly what they are missing in their often disjointed attack.

Fans will certainly hope that the electric talent does indeed do enough to get a chance at the City Ground next season as he has the attributes to be a future first-team star.

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Aitor Karanka should target reunion with Julien De Sart

The Belgian could be a great signing for Nottingham Forest.

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It seems as though Belgian midfielder Julien De Sart will be looking for a new club this summer. He finds himself in a state of limbo after a season on loan at Zulte Waregem from Middlesbrough.

Despite being a regular for the Essevee he will not be making a permanent move to the club. According to Het Laatste Nieuws, the club will not be prioritising his €700,000 (£612,000) permanent deal agreed with Middlesbrough.

The 23-year-old will now return to the Riverside, where it appears he has no long-term future.

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But should his former boss bring him to Nottingham Forest?

Aitor Karanka was the manager at Boro when De Sart was snapped up from Standard Liege back in 2016 and was considered one for the future on Teesside.

Now, the former Belgium under-21 international needs to find a new home and a reunion with Karanka at the City Ground could be a perfect move.

The central-midfielder would be a welcome addition for Forest, who need to strengthen across the park following another mediocre season.

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De Sart has impressed in the East Midlands before. He was finally showing what he could do during a loan spell with Derby County in 2017. Unfortunately, a change of manager saw him drop out of the side under Gary Rowett.

Forest, however, could offer him a second chance in the Championship and it would give Karanka a chance to properly work with a player he clearly rated just a couple of seasons ago.

He would be a cheap and known transfer option for the Nottingham Forest first-team squad. He would also arrive with a point to prove to his old boss Karanka and the manager at bitter rivals Derby, something Forest fans will certainly appreciate.

It would be an under-the-radar signing, but one which could act some genuine quality to the Forest midfield ahead of the new season.

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