Aston Villa strengthened their squad in the winter market and one of the players they signed is Lovre Kalinic.

The goalkeeper arrived at Villa Park from Gent and the 28-year-old has given an interview to Croatian sports newspaper Sportske Novosti, in which he explained the Championship side failed to bring in more players during the winter market.

“They had a vision to strengthen the squad. Some things have been accomplished, some things have failed. I don’t know for what reason, but certainly not [due] to financial [reasons]. Perhaps the player did not see himself here ..,” the keeper explained.

Despite not being successful in landing all their targets in the mid-season transfer window, the Croatia international is of the belief the current crop of players at Villa can help them make it to the play-offs.

“My opinion is that this team can do that, it has the potential to win for the play-off. We are all aware that it will not be easy,” Kalinic said.

Kalinic also explains the reason why he feels his side has a chance of progressing from the Championship this season.

“I see the motivation in the locker room to present a positive approach from the very beginning. Maybe we don’t have a lot of wins since Dean Smith took charge, but not defeats either,” he stressed.

“There isn’t a single team that can say they are dominant. We will try to do all of that through 16 games to make it to the playoffs.”

After 30 matches, Aston Villa are ninth in the Championship table with 43 points. They trail third placed Sheffield United by nine points and are four points behind sixth placed Bristol City.