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Smith must sell Kalinic in January

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Lovre Kalinic has an uncertain future at Aston Villa after falling down the pecking order under Dean Smith and should be moved on in January. The 29-year-old finds himself behind Tom Heaton, Jed Steer & Orjan Nyland and hasn’t played a single minute of football this season.

Kalinic has not even been at Villa for a year, having joined from KAA Gent in January, but he’s on the periphery and will need to leave to get regular playing time. Once a regular between the sticks in the Croatian national team, Kalinic is now second-choice under Zlatko Dalić.

At Villa this season, Heaton is first-choice and has made X Premier League appearances, Steer is second-choice and has made two EFL Cup appearances and Nyland is third-choice has made the squad twice in the EFL Cup while featuring for the u23s.

Where Kalinic could go in January remains to be seen, however. Villa paid £7m for the 29-year-old and want £5m of that money back. Given he’s shipped 15 goals in eight appearances, while struggling with injuries, Kalinic might not generate a lot of interest.

Time will tell if any club makes an official approach, but Smith should try to get him off the books in the new year.

Stats from Transfermarkt.