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Could Lovre Kalinic & Orjan Nyland leave Aston Villa?

Orjan Nyland of Aston Villa in action during a training session at the Aston Villa Bodymoor Heath training ground on August 22, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

In these past 12 months, Aston Villa's goalkeeping situation has been chaotic, to say the least.

Orjan Nyland of Aston Villa

It has been a rollercoaster 12 months for Aston Villa, and during that period, one area that has perhaps defined the chaos that has ensued at the club has been the goalkeeping situation. 

Last season, Villa went through an incredible five goalkeepers from Jed Steer to Mark Bunn, yet they still managed to earn promotion from the Championship.

In the end, Steer was the hero for Villa in between the sticks as he played a huge part in their play-off semi-final win against West Brom and then their win against Derby County at Wembley.

 

Despite his heroics, Villa opted to secure the services of Tom Heaton from Burnley in the summer, who has started all four Premier League matches, with Steer starting the EFL Cup win against Crewe in midweek.

But in and amongst that, two goalkeepers in Lovre Kalinic and Orjan Nyland remain behind Steer and Heaton in the pecking order, as the question has to be asked: Will they leave before the European transfer window slams shut on Monday?

Italian outlet Il Secolo XIX recently claimed that Kalinic already wants to leave Villa, with Sampdoria keen on his services. 

The Croatia international only joined the Midlands outfit in January when he made a £7 million switch from Belgian side Gent [The Telegraph] - it has to be remembered that Villa were a Championship team, at the time. 

Lovre Kalinic of Aston Villa in action during a training session at the Aston Villa Bodymoor Heath training ground on August 22, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

As for Nyland, he was a substitute during Villa's 6-1 win against Crewe in the League Cup, which perhaps indicates that he is the third choice at the club and Kalinic is fourth. 

Either way, it will be very tough for either player to break into Dean Smith's first-team thoughts, with an injury to one either Heaton or Steer perhaps given them a chance on the bench.

Whilst Villa have been pretty busy with the number of players that have walked through the doors of Bodymoor Heath this summer, a number of players also departed following their promotion.

Given the status of Villa's backup goalkeepers, it wouldn't be a surprise if, at the very least, one of them were to leave before Monday's European transfer window slams shut. 

Dean Smith, Manager of Aston Villa gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 10, 2019 in...

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