Aston Villa's decision to sign goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic seems even more baffling now

Dean Smith, manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on March 16, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Lovre Kalinic has now fallen behind Aston Villa teammate Jed Steer in the goalkeeper pecking order.

Lovre Kalinic of Aston Villa in action during a training session at the club's training ground at Bodymoor Heath on February 26, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa have played 41 matches in all competitions this season. Used five goalkeepers. Signed two permanent shot-stoppers, one during the summer transfer window and the other during the winter transfer window. 

Yet, at this moment in time, Orjan Nyland is in the treatment room and Lovre Kalinic is warming the bench. The decision to bring in Nyland during the summer is understandable because, at that time, Villa had lost Sam Johnstone. 

However, the decision to secure the services of Croatia international Kalinic from Belgium side Gent for £7 million [Sky Sports] during the winter transfer window now seems utterly perplexing.

 

When you put into fact that Villa are sitting in the second tier of English football, they are having warning shots fired at them by FFP and Dean Smith has an unbalanced squad at his disposal then the signing of Kalinic really has to be questioned. 

Quality and what he can bring to the table aside, this deal could potentially hurt the Championship side down the line because that fee that was paid for the 28-year-old international star could have been used in a better way.  

With Nyland making mistake after mistake after mistake in between the sticks, Villa needed more competition in that area, it's just they took the wrong route and made the incorrect decision when it came to it. 

Lovre Kalinic of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Ipswich Town at Villa Park on January 26, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Only a few miles away, Jed Steer was trying to prove his worth for League One promotion chaser Charlton Atheltic whilst on loan from B6. Why couldn't Villa just send him back? They did but by the time he could wear the club's number one jersey again, Kalnic had already put pen-to-paper. 

When the World Cup finalist got settled, he secured his place in Smith's starting XI, but since suffering a concussion during the defeat against West Brom in February, Steer has now made the goalkeeping spot his own. 

Now, Villa have a £7 million signing sitting on the bench! Just what is needed when Mr FFP knocks on the door if promotion to the Premier League is not achieved in the summer! 

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa in action during a training session at the club's training ground at Bodymoor Heath on March 08, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

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