Our view: Deadline day was an absolute disaster for Lovre Kalinic

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.

Lovre Kalinic faces a difficult few months at Aston Villa.

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.

Aston Villa were busy over the summer transfer window, bringing in 12 players to boost Dean Smith's squad upon promotion back to the Premier League.

Villa also had to let a host of players go though, as Albert Adomah, Ritchie de Laet, Tommy Elphick, Glenn Whelan, Alan Hutton, Mile Jedinak, Ross McCormack, Micah Richards and Birkir Bjarnason are among 20 players to have left permanently.

Another seven have gone out on loan, capping off a remarkable overhaul, but one player missed out on a move away from Villa Park on Monday.

 

Sky Sports reported on European deadline day that Villa goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic – signed for a hefty £7million fee in January – was wanted by three clubs from France and Germany.

However, Kalinic failed to land a move away from Villa Park, and now faces a difficult time, with a potentially disastrous season on the bench now facing him ahead of EURO 2020.

When Danijel Subasic retired from international duty after the 2018 World Cup final, Kalinic had the chance to seize Croatia's number one jersey, but has already been dropped in favour of Dominik Livakovic.

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.

Kalinic is in the squad to face Slovakia and Azerbaijan over the next week, but the shirt now belongs to Livakovic, and he even has Luton Town's Simon Sluga breathing down his neck for the second-choice spot.

Kalinic needed first-team football to get that spot back, but whilst Livakovic is featuring for Dinamo Zagreb, Kalinic is stuck as Villa's third-choice goalkeeper for months to come, behind Tom Heaton and Jed Steer.

Kalinic may have felt that a move to England would help cement him as Subasic's successor, but his move really hasn't panned out – and having failed to earn a move elsewhere for playing time, it may now be a difficult time for the 29-year-old.

Lovre Kalinic of Croatia  listens to the anthem prior to the 2020 UEFA European Championships group E qualifying match between Hungary and Croatia at Groupama Arena on March 24, 2019 in...

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