Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Luke Steele joined Millwall on a loan deal until January, but things haven’t worked out for the shot-stopper since he made the switch to The Den.
The 35-year-old joined the Reds last summer and was signed to provide competition for Costel Pantilimon, but he only made a couple of Championship appearances for Forest last season. He also featured four times in the Carabao Cup and once in the FA Cup.
Steele made the move to Millwall in the summer and would have been hoping to challenge for the number one spot at The Den, but things haven’t worked out as the goalkeeper would have hoped since he made the move to South East London.
Despite having plenty of experience in the Championship, the goalkeeper has found first-team minutes hard to come by since joining the Lions and has had to play second fiddle to Ipswich Town loanee Bartosz Bialkowski in the Championship.
Steele has made just two appearances for Millwall so far this season – with both of them coming in the Carabao Cup – and has been an unused substitute on 17 occasions in the league. He’s conceded three goals and is yet to keep a clean sheet.
His most recent outing for Millwall came at the end of August, where he conceded two goals in the final few minutes, before being beaten four times in a penalty shootout, as the Lions were dumped out of the cup by League One side Oxford United.
When Gary Rowett replaced Neil Harris in charge of Millwall in October, Steele would have been hoping to challenge Bialkowski for his place in the the team, but he’s been an unused substitute in the six matches since the former Stoke boss took over.
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Bialkowski has been in decent form for Millwall so far this season and with this in mind, it’s highly unlikely that Steele will play for the Lions again before his loan spell expires in January – unless of course Bialkowski were to get injured.
However, it’s very difficult to see him replacing Brace Samba as Sabri Lamouchi’s first-choice when he returns to Forest in the New Year, so he might have to reconsider his options once more and may end up going out on loan again.