Luke Steele’s loan spell at Nottingham Forest’s Championship rivals Millwall is not going as well as the goalkeeper would have been hoping for when he made the move in the summer.
Steele arrived at the City Ground in the summer of 2018 to provide competition for the club’s number one goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, but the 35-year-old was unable to force his way regularly into the Reds’ starting line-up making just two Championship appearances as well as four in the League Cup.
Sabri Lamouchi’s arrival at Nottingham Forest could have given Steele the chance to fight it out of the number one position again, but the Frenchman elected to bring in both Arijanet Muric on loan from Manchester City and Brice Samba from French side Caen during the summer.
That meant that Steele was forced to find another club in the summer transfer window where he could have the potential to challenge for more regular minutes, and the keeper made the switch to Millwall signing on loan until January.
The 35-year-old, though, has so far struggled to establish himself in Millwall’s first team, with the Lions also bringing in Bartosz Bialkowski from Ipswich Town on a season-long loan following the Tractor Boys’ relegation from the Championship last season.
At the start of the season Neil Harris preferred Bialkowski in goal to Steele, with the Polish keeper starting all ten of Millwall’s opening Championship matches, before the former Lions striker left the club by mutual consent with the club winless in seven league matches.
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Gary Rowett took over from Harris and that could have offered Steele the chance to battle for a place in the side, but so far Rowett had preferred Bialkowski over him as well, meaning the 35-year-old has made just two appearances in the Carabao Cup so far during his time at the New Den.
Considering Steele’s loan spell ends in January it is unlikely that he will force his way into the side now, unless Millwall suffer injuries, and Nottingham Forest could well have to either loan him out again or sell him in the winter window.