David Flitcroft is optimistic that Mansfield can keep Tyler Walker for the rest of the season in a bid to boost their promotion hopes.
Walker has been in top form for the Stags so far this season, netting 15 goals in the Yellows rise up the table to the third automatic promotion spot.
There has been speculation that the promising striker could be recalled by Forest due to a combination of a shortage of forwards at the City Ground and Walkers excellent form. Although the 22-year-old joined on a season-long loan, Flitcroft admitted it was common practice to review such deals in January.
Flitcroft praised the commitment and attitude of Walker and hoped the good relationship between the clubs would lead to a satisfactory outcome.
“I have spoken to Tyler on it, but he is super committed to what we are trying to do and he has shown that in the four months we’ve had him. We have a really good relationship with Forest. We have delivered in what we’ve tried to do for Tyler and how we’ve looked after him. It’s worked for Tyler and it’s worked for us. He is a big part of the players. He’d do anything for them and them for him. He’s in a good place. Hopefully, by the end of the season, he can double his tally”.
Forest manager Aitor Karanka will no doubt have been following Walkers form with interest and much will depend on whether he feels he can make the step up to the championship or his development would be better placed with further game time in Mansfield’s promotion push.
Walker has been in blistering form for the Stags whose supporters will be nervous until the window closes and Walker is still at the club. That being said if Walker does go back, Chairman John Radford will no doubt dig deep to find a suitable replacement and continue to fund a determined bid to reach League One.