Lovre Kalinic could be parting ways with Aston Villa just six months after putting pen-to-paper with the Midlands side.
When Lovre Kalinic first arrived at Aston Villa in January, he was set to be the fifth senior goalkeeper to walk through the doors of Bodymoor Heath.
In what was a chaotic yet remarkable season for Dean Smith, Villa’s goalkeeping situation summed up their promotion campaign. At times it was a shambles, but then it was simply remarkable.
Kalinic was part of that chaos, and when he initially arrived, the Villa Park faithful had already seen four goalkeepers stand in front of the famous Holte End.
The Croatia international didn’t start straightaway for Smith, but following Orjan Nyland’s injury, he was straight into the action.
He ended up playing eight games for Villa, conceding nearly double the number of goals, as his last appearance came against West Brom in February, but that could now be his last.
The Sunday People (21/7, page 54) have claimed that Villa are willing to listen to offers of just £3 million for the 29-year-old, who signed for £7 million from Belgian side Gent seven months ago, as he is now seemingly the third choice at the newly-promoted club.
During the brief period that Kalinic donned the gloves, he didn’t really impress the Villa Park faithful, but he didn’t exactly do anything wrong.
Are Villa right to part ways with the 18-capped international given their current standing and situation? Yes. But that doesn’t mean that’s it’s not the harshest call Villa and Smith are set to make this summer.
Villa’s goalkeeping situation was a mess before Kalinic arrived, so it’s not his fault that there was so much instability between the sticks last season before Jed Steer made it his own towards the back end of the campaign.
Given Steer’s performances, he has raced ahead of his counterpart in the goalkeeping pecking order, and given the names touted to potentially make a switch to Villa Park, once again, Kalinic would also fall behind them. It’s right that Villa are planning to sell the Croatian, but he will feel hard done by and you can understand why.