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Millwall manager Neil Harris has brought in cover for the injured Frank Fielding, signing Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Luke Steele on loan until January 2020, as confirmed on the Lions’ club website.
The 34-year-old former Barnsley, Panathinaikos and Bristol City keeper featured seven times for Forest in all competitions last season, and becomes Millwall’s ninth signing of the summer transfer window.
So will Steele prove a good signing for Millwall and is this a good deal for all parties?
“It’s not glamorous but it makes sense.
“With Frank Fielding out for a sustained period due to injury, it made sense for the Lions to make a move to seal a goalkeeper on a short-term loan deal, and Luke Steele is an adequate addition.
“Steele’s best days are seemingly behind him and he’s not had much first-team football in the last few seasons, though he’ll do a job when called upon if anything happens to Bialkowski.
“He evidently has no future at Nottingham Forest, with Muric and Pantilimon way ahead of him in the pecking order, so it makes sense for Steele personally to move to a club where he may get some first-team action.
“Steele’s deadline day move to The Den could turn out to be beneficial for both Nottingham Forest and Millwall.
“Considering that the shot-stopper was already behind Costel Pantilimon in the pecking order before the summer arrivals of Arijanet Muric and Brice Samba, he would have been no use to Sabri Lamouchi this season and thus loaning him out is a wise decision for the Reds boss to make.
“For Millwall’s sake, signing a shot-stopper who has a considerable amount of Championship experience was paramount after Frank Fielding was ruled out for a prolonged period with injury and thus Steele may end up being the ideal replacement.
“Having made 255 appearances in the second-tier during his career, the 34-year-old knows exactly what it takes to produce the goods in this division and thus will be confident of making a real impact for the Lions over the coming months.”
“This makes sense for all involved.
“Steele moves to a club where he is higher up the pecking order, while Millwall add a solid and experienced Championship goalkeeper
“Both Białkowski and Fielding have had issues with injuries in the past, so it is a smart move by the Lions to add some further depth to their goalkeeping department.
“Forest had an excess of goalkeepers, having signed both Aro Muric and Brice Samba in the window, so offloading one is understandable.”