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Nottingham Forest loanee Thomas Lam struggling with FC Twente


Nottingham Forest loanee Thomas Lam struggling with FC Twente

The Finland international has been struggling in the Netherlands.

Once again it has been a season to forget for Nottingham Forest fans. The Reds have stumbled their way through the Championship campaign, once again changing managers. Mark Warburton was replaced by Aitor Karanka and whilst there has perhaps been a slight improvement, most Forest fans are looking forward to next season.

The continuing revolving door of team personnel has also not helped with consistency at the club. Karanka brought in a slew of players in January whilst Warburton did his best to cut out plenty of the Philippe Montanier and Dougie Freedman additions in the summer.

One of those players was Thomas Lam.

(xxxx during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate on October 1, 2016 in Bristol, England.

The Finland international, who can play in both central defence or midfield, started his Nottingham Forest career brightly. On his debut against Burton, he scored in a 4-3 win before finding the net in an identical result against Wigan Athletic in his second appearance.

But, soon enough, Lam was out of contention. He did not play for Nottingham Forest after February 2015 and the former PEC Zwolle man was expected to return to the Netherlands.

The Finn did make a move back to the Eredivisie. He joined FC Twente on loan until the end of the season. The Tukkers were hoping to push for European places once again, after years of financial troubles.


However, that has not proved the case. This weekend, following a 2-1 defeat against ADO Den Haag, Twente look doomed to relegation.

(Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Reds are bottom of the Eredivisie on just 20 points, ten away from safety. At the moment, their best bet is to catch either Sparta Rotterdam or Roda JC, who currently occupy two of the relegation play-off places ahead of them.

It would represent a massive fall from grace for the Enschede side. In 2010 they shocked the nation by winning the title, managed by former Nottingham Forest boss Steve McClaren.

Now, just eight years on, it appears they are heading back to the Dutch second tier for the first time since 1984.

Lam, who has featured 26 times for the club this season, will not have caught the eye of his employers at Nottingham Forest with such an abject campaign.

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