With injuries hampering the arrivals of both Orjan Nyland and Lovre Kalinic, Jed Steer more than took his opportunity between the sticks last year as he played his part in helping Aston Villa to Play-Off success via the Wembley route, and over the summer, head coach Dean Smith added England goalkeeper Tom Heaton to our ranks.
Stocked with four stoppers most fans expected one of Nyland or Kalinic to depart over the summer, and despite the speculation, neither actually moved on. With Heaton out for a couple of weeks and Steer picking up an unfortunate injury ahead of the November international break, Nyland is our preference at the moment.
We’ll have to see if Kalinic makes the bench on Monday night as we face Newcastle United, but his international coach has urged him to move on in January to get more game time under his belt.
Speaking to Sportske Novosti recently, Croatian goalkeeping coach Marjan Mrmic 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.”
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A parting of the ways would suit everyone here, even if we did take a knock on the initial £7million we paid for him, but with the European Championships taking place next season, he’ll to make his claim for their shirt again and that means he has to move on.