2015 Review: #8 Luke Steele

8 - Steele

Last year saw Luke Steele make the number one spot his own at Panathinaikos.

He missed just one league game during all of 2015 as his side finished as runners-up in the Greek Super League.

The former Barnsley stopper kept 15 league clean sheets during the calendar year as the Greens continued to push perennial league champions Olympiacos for the title.

Early impression

It took the then Panathinaikos manager Yannis Anastasiou just four games of the 2014/15 season to install Steele as his number one, with the former England youth international watching from the bench at the start of the campaign.

Since then, Steele has stood out as one of the league’s finest goalkeepers and even though Anastasiou was replaced by former Inter Milan boss Andrea Stramaccioni in November 2015, he hasn’t looked back since he made his Greek Super League debut.

His commanding performances between the sticks saw him rewarded with a new contract until 2018 back in June last year.


 

Steele’s highlights from the 2014/15 season


No signs of second-season syndrome

The 2015/16 season has seen Steele’s side battling for second spot again as Olympiacos begin to amass an unassailable lead at the top of the table. Panathinaikos currently sit in third spot, two spots behind AEK Athens.

However, the Peterborough-born shot-stopper has done all he can between the sticks, keeping eight clean sheets so far this season.

Early career

Steele began his career at home-town club Peterborough United before making the move to Manchester United as a teenager.

After several loan spells and a permanent stint at West Brom, Steele found his new home at Barnsley where he would go on to play over 200 matches for the club.

His seven season spell at the Tykes ended after their relegation from the Championship in 2014.

This meant a move overseas for the then 29-year-old as he moved to Greece to join his current side, Panathinaikos.

2015 was an impressive season for Steele. He became his club’s undisputed number one and also extended his contract.

2016 will require more of the same consistency from the 31-year-old as the Greens hope for a major slip-up from old rivals Olympiacos as they hunt Super League success.

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