Is Lovre Kalinic's future uncertain as Aston Villa reportedly target Quentin Beunardeau?

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Swansea at Villa Park on October 20, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa signed Croatia international Kalinic for £7million but he has struggled badly in the Championship.

Lovre Kalinic of Aston Villa in action during a training session  at Bodymoor Heath training ground on January 03, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa looked to have solved their goalkeeping problem when they spent £7 million on Croatian international Lovre Kalinic in the January transfer window, as reported by Sky Sports.

But the former KAA Gent shot-stopper, a two-time Belgian goalkeeper of the year, started badly in English football and things have only got worse.

Kalinic looked all at sea on his debut, a humiliating 3-0 FA Cup defeat to Swansea City, before going on to concede 12 goals in his eight Championship games.

 

A 2-0 home loss against local rivals West Brom was the final straw for manager Dean Smith. Kalinic was dropped to the bench a month ago and it is telling that Villa have shone in his absence.

Jed Steer, who was recalled from a loan spell at Charlton in January, is unbeaten in his five games between the sticks and has kept three clean sheets to boot.

Jed Steer of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Aston Villa at KCOM Stadium on August 6, 2018 in Hull, England.

Clearly, Kalinic faces a battle winning back Smith’s trust and reports from Portugal might suggest that he is already on borrowed time in the Midlands. Record claims that Villa have identified another goalkeeping target, CD Aves’ French stopper Quentin Beunardeau.

To make matters worse for Kalinic, he was slammed by Croatia fans on Twitter for another error-strewn performance in their 2-1 Euro 2020 qualifying defeat against Hungary earlier this month.

Lovre Kalinic of Croatia during the  UEFA Nations league match between Spain  v Croatia  at the Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero on September 11, 2018 in Elche Spain

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