The Croatian striker, Nikola Kalinic, joined Milan last summer from Fiorentina with hopes of really putting his name among the best Serie A strikers.
However, the striker failed to prove his worth of €25m in his first season with the Rossoneri, netting only six times in 31 league games. Therefore, he’s faced lots of criticism from his own fans, with a majority wanting him out of the club this summer.
Kalinic, on the other hand, is reportedly adamant to remain at the San Siro in order to redeem himself next season, putting any move this summer on hold for now.
In many ways, this was a respected decision, as despite his lack of discipline throughout the season, it seemed like he actually wanted to make amends. However, with him joining Croatia at the World Cup, which could’ve been described as his big chance, only to get sent back home after one game, really causes some worry for Milan.
For the Rossoneri, this is not the first time that Kalinic has demonstrated a lack of discipline seemingly beyond belief. In fact, the Croatian was excluded from AC Milan’s squad to face Chievo in March due to ‘lack of effort’ in training, as manager Gennaro Gattuso explained it.
“Whoever doesn’t train well stays at home. Every match we are playing for something important, for us all matches are fundamental,” Gattuso said after the game against Chievo.
Therefore, when the news broke yesterday regarding Kalinic’s actions, Milan fans weren’t surprised. The striker reportedly refused to come on as a substitute in Croatia’s game vs. Nigeria, claiming to a have a back problem. The manager, however, reportedly was upset by this as the same things happened in a friendly game ahead of the World Cup, ultimately leading to the decision taken yesterday.
“During the Nigeria encounter, Kalinic was warming up and was supposed to come on in the second half. However, he then stated that he wasn’t ready to come on due to a back issue.
“The same thing happened during the Brazil friendly in England, as well as before the practice session on Sunday. I have calmly accepted that, and since I need my players fit and ready to play, I have made this decision,” Zlatko Dalic said when announcing the decision.
With that said, Kalinic’s lack of discipline has once again put him in trouble. In fact, as reported by Sky Italia, the teams that were interested in signing the striker, are no longer keen on bringing in the troublemaker. Therefore, Milan’s only chance of offloading him this summer would be through a loan, which isn’t a suitable solution for any of the parties involved.
All things considered, even though it’s far-fetched, could this be some sort of wicked plan constructed by Kalinic?
Most of us know that even with a decent World Cup performance overall, teams would still have been interested in signing Kalinic this summer, while Milan would’ve been more than willing to sell. However, his exclusion from the squad has certainly brought Milan’s plans to a halt, as Kalinic most likely will stay in the club next season as well.
Like mentioned earlier, this has been the will of the Croatian all along, which certainly raises a few questions. Did he do this on purpose? Or is it actually an injury that he’s struggling with? Most likely, we won’t get the answer, although reports seem to hint at the former suggestion, which ultimately comes down to a really poor attitude, especially for a professional.
It makes you wonder to what extent he’s willing to go in order to get what he wants, although his recent actions while on International duty have pretty much answered this already.
Who knows, in the future, he might even take advantage of Milan in a similar solution, which is something that no club would want to deal with. Now, don’t get me wrong, Kalinic could move on to have a great second season with the Rossoneri, but at the same time, his behaviour must be questioned.
Had this been a one-off, then his exclusion from the squad probably wouldn’t have got so much attention, but with it being the second time his discipline has let him down, all eyes are certainly on Kalinic, and not in a good way. Don’t forget to check out the new Fantasy World Cup game here: www.fantasy-worldcup.com!