Apostolos Vellios should take a leaf out of Tyler Walker’s book at Nottingham Forest – Kenny Burns


Apostolos Vellios hasn’t played a Championship game for Nottingham Forest this season and that’s led to many supporters wondering why.

Given the brace that Tyler Walker scored against QPR on Saturday in what was his first league start for two years, it’s only pushed the Greek international further down the pecking order at the City Ground.

Despite having a decent pre-season where he scored goals for fun, albeit against Notts County and Mansfield Town, he can probably county himself unfortunate to have only played once against Shrewsbury in the Carabao Cup.

Apostolos Vellios in action for Nottingham Forest against Shrewsbury Town in the Carabao Cup

When he first came, he didn’t do too badly, he looked more athletic than I thought he was. At first, he reminded me of Chris O’Grady who has now moved on to Chesterfield.

I thought he was one of these big galloping things, but he’s got more than that in his locker and was alright when he was involved at times last season.

Now, Forest have good options up front and with the form of Daryl Murphy, Jason Cummings and now Tyler Walker, it’s no great surprise to see Vellios struggling to even make the substitute bench, especially given the system the manager likes to play.

Form of players is key to any success and giving Mark Warburton a headache is what it’s all about, it’s what he’s there for and so far this season, the players in attacking roles have been doing more than enough to keep their place.

He’s got to bide his time, keep his head down and work hard on the training pitch. He’s got to keep positive because like Walker, who had to be patient before getting his chance, it may well come and then when it does, he’s got to be ready to take it with both hands.

Tyler Walker scores his second and Forest’s fourth to make it 4-0

I was really impressed with Tyler when he came on at Hull for the final 20 minutes or so, winning the penalty from David Meyler which set-up Kieran Dowell for his third goal.

He deserved that start on Saturday and the way he took his chance was great. It will only add to the confidence that must be flowing through his veins.

Scoring at the City Ground is special for any player and it doesn’t come easy, so to score on your first start for a long time will give him a lot of confidence.

If Vellios is to have a future at the club, he’s got to be professional, work hard and show Mark Warburton that he’s worthy of a chance, and if that chance does comes, he has to take full advantage.

Walker did just that and hopefully he won’t look back.



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