£6m Blackburn Rovers flop keeps up good form in Europa League

Nikola Kalinic must have one eye on the World Cup next summer after a good season for Dnipro Dniproprovetsk so far...

You might have heard the rumour that Blackburn Rovers tried to sign Robert Lewandowski in 2010 - but Sam Allardyce’s plans were scuppered by the volcanic ash cloud caused by Icelandic peak Eyjafjallajokull.

You might have even heard that Big Sam instead signed Nikola Kalinic for £6 million.

Considering that Kalinic signed for Blackburn in August 2009 - seven months before the ash cloud grounded an international flight, that is unlikely.

So there goes my perfect title.

However the fact remains that Kalinic, who arrived with a big reputation from Hajduk Split never really came good at Ewood Park - especially considering his handsome price-tag.

Upon his arrival he was immediately earmarked as the replacement for Roque Santa Cruz - but things just did not take off for the young Croatian.

In his two seasons in Lancashire he scored just 13 goals in 53 appearances and moved to Ukrainian challengers Dnipro Dniproprovetsk in 2011.

He had a good debut season with the club, bagging 10 goals in 21 appearances. However 2013-14 looks like being an even stronger campaign for the Blackburn flop.

He already has nine goals in 16 appearances this term - adding his latest strike in the Europa League last night.

Dnipro beat Pandurii Targu Jiu of Romania 4-1 at the Dnipro-Arena last night - with Kalinic opening the scoring in the 12th minute.

If he keeps this form up he might just force his way back into the Croatian squad ahead of the World Cup next summer.

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