VIDEO: £6m Blackburn flop Kalinic scores brace in Europa League

Nikola Kalinic is in great form for Dnipro of Ukraine at the moment.

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 international flight, that is unlikely.

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. His 2013-14 Ukrainian adventure was less impressive. after a good start he ended up scoring just the seven goals in 23 games.

This season is however looking like potentially being his best yet.

The 26-year-old scored twice last night against Azeri side Qarabag in the Europa League. His two goals were the only strikes in a 2-1 win that has put Dnipro back in contention in Group F with Inter Milan and Saint-Etienne ahead of them and Qarabag below.

It also took his tally to the season to an impressive 10 goals in 21 appearances.

Not bad from the former Blackburn Rovers striker.

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