Former Nottingham Forest striker 'really frustrated' at lack of chances

By Luke Thrower

Former Nottingham Forest striker Tyler Walker has struggled to break into the Coventry City team so far this season, making just the one start, picking up an injury after 17 minutes.

The 24-year-old had risen through the ranks at the City Ground, making 45 senior appearances and scoring seven goals in his time with the club. He also had six loan spells across the country before making the switch to Coventry.

Since joining the Sky Blues, Walker has made 41 appearances and scored nine goals, however he has not been able to make his way into the side who are currently soaring in the top three.

City manager Mark Robins mentioned the struggle of getting back into the team for the striker: “Tyler will be really frustrated, but you need four strikers and you need them firing because there will come a time where they will need to be ready, both physically and mentally, so they have to stay focused.”

Since his shoulder injury in August, it has been tough for Walker to find a way into the side. Forward Viktor Gyokeres has scored nine goals in just 11 games in the league, sitting third in the goalscoring charts and already trebling his output of three goals scored last season.

Matt Godden’s return to the side won’t have helped his case either, the 30-year-old scoring and assisting in just his second start of the season against Fulham.

There’s also former Derby County forward Martyn Waghorn to compete with, who has started seven games this season. Despite only scoring once and assisting once this season, the 31-year-old’s experience and overall work-rate make it a tough frontline to break into.

Robins continued: “That’s the difficulty for them. But it’s not just Tyler, there’s Michael Rose as well, and he has to stay tuned in.

“They will play some football during the break to get ready for the next block of games which is really, really important.”

Both Walker and Rose have since played Under-23s football in a bid to build fitness should they be called upon, with other strikers higher in the current pecking order.


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