The Finland international was included for Forest’s 5-0 thumping win over Lincoln Red Imps to kick off their pre-season campaign, performing well and giving Karanka something to think about over the coming weeks.
After joining the club in 2016, Lam spent last season on loan at Twente after being told by former manager Mark Warburton how he wasn’t in his plans for the 2017-18 Championship campaign.
But now he appears to have been handed a fresh opportunity by Karanka, with some supporters encouraged by his inclusion, believing that he could be like a brand-new signing at no extra cost.
Fair play to Karanka for picking Lam and for Lam being a good pro! Even if it's only to weigh him up. Lam was the toast of the CG early in his Forest career. I was at both Burton and Wigan games where he was a big part of the wins! Everyone deserves a second chance.— PeterJosephJohnston (@PeteTheRed6579) July 11, 2018
Thomas Lam! Good luck boys— Luke Trim (@LukeTrimnffc) July 11, 2018
thomas lam is magic— Will (@WiIIB39) July 11, 2018
Is that a 4-2-3-1 with Fox and Lam centres? If AK can develop Lam that's like a new signing at no extra cost.— Alex Maher (@AwyMaher) July 11, 2018
Unpopular opinion perhaps but I can see Lam being a useful player this season #nffc— Forest Fanatic (@lennynffc) July 11, 2018
Lam ? Interesting— Owen Bull (@Owenbull98) July 11, 2018
Had completely forgotten about him!— Kentish Red (@foresteddie) July 11, 2018
Lam, at 24, has plenty of potential and upon his move to the City Ground he had impressed, arriving with a decent reputation after performing well during a two-tear spell in Holland’s top flight at Zwolle.
With Karanka renowned for his meticulous defensive training and his side’s ability to keep clean sheets, Lam could soon develop into a quality player at the club and make a telling contribution this coming season.
In the meantime, the centre-back will be hoping to provide competition for the first-team and push the likes of Joe Worrall and Daniel Fox for a regular starting spot.
Four of Forest's five goals against Lincoln were impressively scored by academy players.