Aston Villa’s forgotten Croatian goalkeeper, Lovre Kalinic, completed a somewhat expected loan out of the club earlier today and he’s made the switch to French Ligue 1 side Toulouse until the end of the season.
The 29-year-old had been a long term target for us going back a few seasons to his days at Hajduk Split, but at the time we couldn’t get a work permit, so we didn’t complete the deal. Fast forward to last January, and with poor form as he settled in, allied to some injuries that saw Jed Steer steal the battle for the No 1 position, we’ve only seen him appear on the substitutes bench in recent times and it seems his Villa journey is over after only eight appearances.
All the best, Lovre! 👊#AVFC
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) January 20, 2020
Some deals never work out and this deal is categorical proof of that.
A sale would’ve made more sense from our point of view, but a loan should at least see him get some game time and rebuild his stock ahead of the summer and Croatia’s upcoming European Championship battle, and we can hopefully get closer to at least breaking even on our original outlay to Gent.
Just have to wish him the best really. A successful second half of the season works in all our interests here.
Yes we are the experts with moves that don't work out. #avfc
— Rob (@robbcorin) January 20, 2020
Wasted talent all the best Lovre x
— 𝒥𝑜𝓈𝒽 (@joshhavfc) January 20, 2020
Good luck Lovre.
— AstonViIIaFan (@AstonViIIaFan) January 20, 2020
This one baffled me, International #1 goal keeper, good age, good physique, what's happened here? Strange. However, good luck Lovre, hope it all works out for you.
— Villa'n of Punjab (@Bhangra_Machine) January 20, 2020
Go well Lovre 💜
— Jay (@jaygallagher11) January 20, 2020
— Brokenpocket (@brokenpocket) January 20, 2020
Hope he does well so we could at least recoup a bit of the money we paid for him. Good luck Lovre
— Dale. (@DaleAVFC7) January 20, 2020
Good luck big man 🙌🦁❤💙
— Callum Glasgow (@CallumG_Fitness) January 20, 2020