Former Portsmouth Striker A Wanted Man

Former Coventry City striker Tyler Walker won’t be short of offers after being released by the Sky Blues at the end of the season. Port Vale are reportedly among a number of clubs interested in the 26-year-old striker, according to journalist Darren Witcoop.

Port Vale are one of the named clubs interested in capturing the free agent’s signature, as the League One side are rebuilding after what was a difficult season.

The Valiants finished 18th last season after struggling to find any form, making the decision to sack manager Darrell Clarke on April 17 after just two wins in 18 League One games.

During the turbulent season, Port Vale struggled for goals; they were one of League One’s lowest scoring teams with just 48 goals, and their top goal scorer, Ellis Harrison, topped the charts with 11, followed by Matthew Taylor with just five.


Who Is Tyler Walker?

Walker signed for Coventry in 2020, from then-Championship side Nottingham Forest. From there he enjoyed notable loan spells at the likes of Mansfield in 2018, where he scored 26 goals in 52 games, and Lincoln City in 2019, where the striker bagged 16 goals in 34 games before being recalled midway through the season

The striker played 19 times last season, scoring one goal, and after being released by Coventry, he may be looking for more regular game time this coming season.

As many clubs look to build their squads up for the new campaign, Tyler Walker is undoubtedly a talent that’s worth the risk. Now available on a free transfer, the striker will have to weigh up his options for where he goes next. Having scored over 40 goals at League One level, interest will be high.

What’s Been Said?

On his Twitter account Witcoop posted the following update:
Tyler Walker, whose release from Coventry City has been confirmed, not short of interest from League One clubs. Port Vale are along the admirers but fear being unable to compete financially to land the free agent striker #CCFC #coventrycity #portvale #PVFC”

Writer’s View
The former Forest striker won’t be short of offers, and it’s important for him to play at the right club next season as the move to Coventry didn’t pay off.

At the age of 26, Walker will want his next destination to kick-start his career. Walker showed at clubs like Lincoln that he can score all types of goals and thrive when given a long run in a team.

He has the ability to break defensive lines and finish under pressure, plays well with the ball at his feet, and in addition to this, has shown great ability in the air.

I believe that Port Vale will be a club he could do well at; however, he should join a club that will be pushing for promotion. A club that creates a lot of chances, such as Bolton or Derby, could be an ideal location for the striker, as once he scores his first few goals, he will thrive.

Tyler Walker will believe he can cut it in the Championship; however, I believe he needs a good goal-scoring season to reignite the previous form shown.

If Andy Crosby is looking for a new striker to add to his side, Tyler Walker would be a sign that the club is willing to back his side in the new campaign and hopefully build on a somewhat forgettable season.

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