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FA Cup: Sort it out West Brom!

Apparently the very fact that only one Premier League team remains in the FA Cup this season shows the romance of the tournament.

Not if your name so happens to be Luke Steele.

The former Manchester United trainee goalkeeper joined West Bromwich Albion in 2006 in a deal that saw former Baggies keeper Thomas Kuszczak moving in the opposite direction. A succession of loans saw Steele bounced backwards and forwards between his parent club and Coventry City until an emergency loan move to Barnsley gave him the opportunity to become a legend in his own right.

It is no coincidence that Steele’s move to Barnsley came at the same time that the Yorkshire club fired its way past Liverpool and Chelsea, into an FA Cup Semi-Final, one of the first to be held at the brand new Wembley Stadium.

However for the poor lad, whose heroics have seen him thwart the likes of Drogba, Lampard, Torres and Crouch, his Wembley dream may be over as West Brom look to haggle over the finances of the deal.

Steele’s emergency loan has come to an end and the keeper was expected back at the Albion on Monday as a deal to extend his loan broke down. Despite the fact that it was expected that Luke would go on to join Barnsley on a permanent basis, West Brom are now looking for Barnsley to pay the whole of the goalkeepers wages, rather than making a token contribution.

The money men of football are ruining one of their employee’s chances of a Wembley dream come true.

Luke himself was obviously despondent as he told the official Barnsley club website:

“Unless both clubs can reach an agreement I'm going to be watching Barnsley's semi-final day out at Wembley on TV. It should have been a really simple deal to carry on my loan until the end of the season.

“But the deal is getting complicated and I am running the risk of missing out on the biggest day of my professional career.”

Despite the potential financial loss, and the altering of loan regulations to possibly allow Steele to face his parent club, Vital West Brom calls for the romance of the FA Cup to be restored in allowing a young player who has achieved so much this season, the reward that he fully deserves.

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Writer: BaggieInExile Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 18 2008

Time: 8:43PM

Your Comments

Good call Baggies fans, not often you see supporters fighting their own club over something...but Steele deserves his chance of a Wembley match.
LUFC1
Well written, BIE.
Auckland Owl
This is utter tripe! West Brom have offered to let Luke stay on loan at Barnsley, they've also offered Barnsley a free transfer at the end of the season. All that West Brom are asking is that Barnsley pay Luke's wages while he is on-loan, but BARNSLEY are refusing. It is Barnsley who are the guilty party, not West Brom!
baggie-nutter
Looks like I've upset someone there. One thing I do disagree with regarding Barnsley at the moment is that they are bringing out a brand new kit especially for the cup final.
BaggieInExile
Brand new kit and they wanted to refuse concessionary prices for OAPs and children. Meanwhile Luke Steele gets them through - particularly against Liverpool - and earns them a lot of gate and TV money. Yet they only want to pay 40% of his wages and for us to pay 60%? Yes to the romance of the cup and I was even in favour of Steele playing against us had we drawn them, but there's only one villain here, and it isn't Jeremy Peace.
PaoloFiori
he certainly does he is a great player who deserves more of a chance
ozanne park rangers
 

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