The Nottingham Forest youth academy is one of the most renowned in the country, with several players produced over the years.

The Reds have made millions on flogging their own players in the past. The conveyor belt is showing no signs of terminating.

Current manager Aitor Karanka has sent several of the club’s youngsters on loan since his arrival in a bid to get them ready for the first-team.

One player who is currently benefiting from such a stint is striker Tyler Walker.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND – AUGUST 28: Tyler Walker of Mansfield Town during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between West Bromwich Albion and Mansfield Town at The Hawthorns on August 28, 2018 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/WBA FC via Getty Images)

The 22-year-old is playing regular for Mansfield Town. His form is sure to have caught the eye of his parent club.


Walker has helped himself to 12 goals in 20 appearances; propelling the Stags into contention for a play-off place.

The son of former England defender Des had forced his way into the Forest first-team last season under Mark Warburton. Walker netted three goals from 17 games for the Reds, looking dangerous on the right-wing.

Tyler Walker beats Arsenal’s Matthieu Debuchy to the ball during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at City Ground on January 7, 2018 in Nottingham, England.

It wasn’t to be, and with promotion firmly on the agenda for Karanka, blooding youngsters isn’t high on the priority list.

A temporary stint at One Call Stadium is clearly paying dividends for Walker’s development. Confident strikers are always capable of scoring goals. On current form, there is no reason why the talisman can’t return to the City Ground and win over Karanka.