Aston Villa’s Lovre Kalinic has been urged to find a new club by the Croatia national team’s goalkeeping coach.
The 29-year-old signed for the Midlands club in January 2018, but has only made eight first-team appearances.
Last year injury prevented him from deputising for the injured Ørjan Nyland, with Jed Steer returning from Charlton Athletic to cover.
Predictably Heaton’s arrival has shattered his starting prospects, and the former Gent stopper hasn’t made a single first-team matchday squad so far in 2019/20.
In the eyes of Croatia’s Marjan Mrmic, Kalinic – who lost his international starting berth earlier this year – should be using the remaining time before the transfer window opens to find himself a new club, before securing his exit in January.
Speaking to Sportske Novosti, he said: “It is up to Kalinic to find a club within a month and to get minutes. It could probably be a loan.
“I talked to him, told him not to defend too long, recommended that he go further, he needs that because of his status in the national team. He is on track to realise this.”
TBR’s view – Kalinic needs to seek exit
Kalinic simply will not play at Aston Villa with the solid Heaton ahead of him and Steer and Nyland in reserve.
The fact he lost his starting place earlier this year should set alarm bells ringing.
If he wants to be starting at next summer’s European championships, he simply has to give manager Zlatko Dalic a reason to pick him.