Tyler Walker (footballer)

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Tyler Walker
Tyler Walker.jpg
Walker in Nottingham Forest kit, 2016
Personal information
Full name Tyler J. Andrew Walker[1]
Date of birth (1996-10-17) 17 October 1996 (age 22)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Nottingham Forest
Number 34
Youth career
2006–2015 Nottingham Forest
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015– Nottingham Forest 33 (4)
2016Burton Albion (loan) 6 (1)
2016–2017Stevenage (loan) 8 (3)
2017Port Vale (loan) 6 (2)
2018Bolton Wanderers (loan) 5 (0)
2018–2019Mansfield Town (loan) 44 (22)
National team
2015–2016 England U20 7 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2019

Tyler J. Andrew Walker (born 17 October 1996) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Championship club Nottingham Forest. He is the son of former England defender Des Walker.

An England under-20 international, he made his first-team debut for hometown club Nottingham Forest in March 2015. He has played on loan at Burton Albion, Stevenage, Port Vale, Bolton Wanderers and Mansfield Town, and was named on the EFL League Two PFA Team of the Year for the 2018–19 season.

Club career[edit]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

2014–15 season[edit]

Walker made his professional debut for Nottingham Forest in the Championship as a substitute for Chris Burke in the 92nd minute of a 2–0 win over Rotherham United on 18 March 2015.[3] Walker's first professional goal followed on 7 April in a 2–2 draw with Brentford at Griffin Park after he entered the game as a first-half substitute, on only his fourth first-team appearance.[4] He signed a four-year contract with Forest in June 2015.[5]

2015–16 season[edit]

Owing much to a shortage of strikers and manager Dougie Freedman's willingness to give youth an opportunity, Walker played a number of games at the beginning of Forest's 2015–16 season. This included a start in the League Cup, a 4–3 defeat by Walsall at the City Ground on 11 August; a game in which he scored his second goal in professional football.[6] On 24 March, Walker joined League One club Burton Albion on loan until the end of the 2015–16 season, where he would link-up with former Forest striker and Burton manager Nigel Clough.[7] Walker made his Burton debut four days later as a half-time substitute in a 2–0 defeat at Millwall.[8] In 'The Brewers' following game on 2 April, he came off the bench to score an injury-time equaliser in a 1–1 draw with Bury at the Pirelli Stadium.[9] He returned to Forest at the end of the season having made six appearances for Burton Albion, scoring one goal.

2016–17 season[edit]

Speaking in August 2016, new Forest manager Philippe Montanier stated that he was unable to assess Walker due to an injury that left him unable to play a part in pre-season.[10] On 31 August, Walker signed on loan with EFL League Two side Stevenage for the remainder of the 2016–17 season.[11] He made his debut in a 6–1 win over Hartlepool United at Broadhall Way on 2 September; he scored a brace in the match, the first of which was an overhead kick from close range.[12] On 4 October, Walker scored on his debut in the EFL Trophy in a 2–2 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion's U-23 side.[13] Having scored four goals in his first six games for 'The Boro', Walker missed a home game against Plymouth Argyle on 8 October after picking up a "freak injury" in training.[14] He eventually made his return from injury as a substitute in a 4–2 home defeat to Colchester United on 31 December.[15] Speaking after the match, manager Darren Sarll admitted that he "forgot just how good" Walker was.[16]

Walker's loan spell with Stevenage ended earlier than planned, as Forest recalled the player on 13 January with the intention of securing him with a loan move to a League One club.[17][18] Four days after his recall from Stevenage, Walker joined League One side Port Vale on loan until the end of the 2016–17 season.[19] He scored the opening goal on his debut with a "superb 20-yard strike" for 'The Valiants', before also going on to win a penalty in a 2–2 draw with Bury at Vale Park on 20 January.[20][18] Walker's poor luck with injuries continued, however, as he sustained a knee ligament injury the following month which caretaker-manager Michael Brown said would keep him out of action for the rest of the season.[21][22]

2017–18 season[edit]

Ahead of the 2017–18 season Forest manager Mark Warburton, who had been appointed as Montanier's permanent successor in March 2017, suggested that Walker would be involved with the first-team, claiming that he had "benefited from being in and around the first team squad here this summer" and that "other players need to go out on loan".[23] On 23 August, Walker came off the bench to score the winning goal in extra-time of a 3–2 victory over Newcastle United at St James' Park in the second round of the EFL Cup. After the game Warburton confirmed in a post-match interview that Walker would remain at Forest for the season. He said: "We've had a host of clubs queuing up for Tyler Walker's services but he'll stay with us because of the reasons you've seen tonight. He's worked tirelessly to recover from injury, had a brilliant pre-season and that resulted in the quality of performance you've seen this evening."[24] On 4 November, he scored the first brace of his senior career in a 4–0 home win over Queens Park Rangers.[25] On 28 November, Walker signed a new contract at Forest, due to expire in 2021.[26]

On 31 January 2018, Walker joined fellow Championship side Bolton Wanderers on loan for the rest of the 2017–18 season.[27] He made his Wanderers début in their 1–0 victory over Bristol City, starting the match and lasting 58 minutes before being substituted; he was replaced by fellow Forest loanee Zach Clough.[28] However he featured just five times for the "Trotters" as manager Phil Parkinson instead demoted both Walker and Clough to playing for the youth team.[29]

2018–19 season[edit]

On 29 June 2018, Walker joined League Two side Mansfield Town on a season-long loan.[30] On 4 August, he scored 12 minutes into his debut for the "Stags" in a 3–0 win over Newport County at Field Mill.[31] He scored a first-half hat-trick ten days later as Mansfield recorded a 6–1 home victory over Accrington Stanley in the first round of the EFL Cup; manager David Flitcroft said that Walker was "pure class".[32] He scored his 15th goal of the season during a 2–1 Boxing day victory over Bury, taking Mansfield into the automatic promotion places.[33] His scoring tally resulted in speculation that Forest manager Aitor Karanka would recall him in the January transfer window.[34] He was named on League Two's PFA Team of the Year for the 2018–19 campaign, alongside Mansfield teammate Krystian Pearce.[35] He was named as man of the match in the play-off semi-final first-leg against Newport County, but had his penalty saved in the shootout at the end of the second leg as Mansfield were eliminated.[36][37]

International career[edit]

On 5 September 2015, Walker made his debut for the England under-20s and scored a brace in a 5–0 win over the Czech Republic.[38]

Style of play[edit]

Walker is a pacey and athletic forward.[39]

Personal life[edit]

Walker is the son of former Forest and England defender Des Walker[40][41] and elder brother of Queens Park Rangers striker Lewis Walker.[42]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 12 May 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nottingham Forest 2014–15[43] Championship 7 1 0 0 0 0 7 1
2015–16[44] Championship 14 0 0 0 1 1 15 1
2016–17[45] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017–18[46] Championship 12 3 1 0 3 1 16 4
2018–19[47] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019–20[48] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 33 4 1 0 4 2 38 6
Burton Albion (loan) 2015–16[44] League One 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Stevenage (loan) 2016–17[45] League Two 8 3 0 0 0 0 1[a] 1 9 4
Port Vale (loan) 2016–17[45] League One 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2
Bolton Wanderers (loan) 2017–18[46] Championship 5 0 5 0
Mansfield Town (loan) 2018–19[47] League Two 44 22 2 0 2 3 4[b] 1 52 26
Career total 102 32 3 0 6 5 5 2 116 39
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in the EFL Trophy
  2. ^ 2 appearances and 1 goal in the EFL Trophy and 2 appearances in the play-offs

Honours[edit]

Individual

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "Forest 3-4 Walsall". Nottingham Forest F.C. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
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  8. ^ "Millwall 2-0 Burton Albion". BBC Sport. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Burton Albion 1-1 Bury". BBC Sport. 2 April 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
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  15. ^ "Stevenage 2-4 Colchester United". BBC Sport. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
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  29. ^ Clapson, Sarah (4 April 2018). "Bolton boss explains why on-loan Forest duo were dropped to Under-23s". Nottingham Post. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  30. ^ "Mansfield Town: Craig Davies, Otis Khan and Tyler Walker all join the Stags". BBC Sport. 29 June 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
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  44. ^ a b "Games played by Tyler Walker in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  45. ^ a b c "Games played by Tyler Walker in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  46. ^ a b "Games played by Tyler Walker in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  47. ^ a b "Games played by Tyler Walker in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  48. ^ "Games played by Tyler Walker in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 August 2017.

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