Nottingham Forest are on the hunt for some new signings this summer, but one man who won’t be returning to the City Ground is Filip Krovinovic.
The attacking midfielder spent the second half of the 2020/21 campaign on loan with Forest. He scored once for the Reds and claimed two assists as the team finished 17th. The player was also linked with a return to the club.
Krovinovic returned to Benfica at the end of his loan spell, although he’s now been hooked up with another club ahead of 2021/22.
The 25-year-old has headed back to his native roots in Croatia to sign for Hajduk Split on a three-year deal.
Krovinovic looked a decent loan signing when he checked in at Forest last January. His ball-playing presence in the No.10 role certainly brought some balance to the team.
He had helped West Brom win promotion during the 2019/20 campaign and was a proven performer in the Championship.
It’s fair to say that for his guile and determination, Krovinovic didn’t really set the City Ground alight, however.
Goals and assists weren’t really the Croatian’s thing and for a No.10 that did represent something of a problem. It was a factor that Hughton claimed Krovinovic needed to improve on.
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Few supporters are unlikely to lose much sleep over the midfielder heading to another club to continue his career.
It’s uncertain what Hajduk will pay Krovinovic, but he was on decent wages at both Benfica and during his time on loan at West Brom.
Forest have Joao Carvalho back in their ranks after his loan at Almeria. Utilising him is probably a more favourable option right now, with the Portuguese performer likely to get one final chance under Hughton.
Krovinovic seemed fond of playing for Forest and always had a smile on his face. Few will begrudge him a move back home and the club’s fan base will undoubtedly wish him well for the future.
For Hughton, the challenge is to now pursue better players for the season ahead.