Between Adrian Grbic and FC Lorient, it is no longer the great love. However, everything had started well between them. On July 8, the Austrian striker, author of a good season with Clermont Foot (17 goals and 4 assists in 26 L2 matches), joined the Merlus. Merlus who had managed to get ahead of many clubs, including Lens, Saint-Etienne and Brest, who nevertheless had an agreement with the player. But the Grbic clan had turned around to finally join the Lorientais, who broke their piggy bank by paying 9 million euros. Either the biggest transfer in the history of the club chaired by Loïc Féry.
Sure of himself, the native of Vienna had explained his choice to the Telegram. “I chose Lorient because the project was interesting. The whole club wanted me to come and whether it was the coach or the president, they showed me a lot of respect. […] I compared the projects of the two clubs and that of Lorient suited me the best. “ Expected on a firm footing, the Austrian ended the 2020-21 fiscal year with 35 appearances in all competitions but only 10 as a starter. Time for him to score 4 goals. A meager record for a recruit from whom we hoped for more.
Grbic can not digest his absence at the Euro
Despite this, he was called up to the Austrian national team in the first part of the season, notably scoring two Nations League goals in November. On the bench in Lorient, the one who scored only one goal in 2021 with his club (a penalty against Montpellier on March 3, editor’s note) lost ground in the selection. As a result, he was ultimately not selected to participate in Euro 2020. A terrible disillusionment for the player who spoke during an interview with the Austrian agency APA.
“I was surprised (not to be on the list). It is still difficult to understand at the moment. But these disappointments make it stronger, I’m sure I would play other tournaments if I worked hard. (…) I understand that, especially for a European Championship, you need players who are in rhythm. I didn’t play much at the club either, I came to the national team and tried my best. The decision surprised me. You learn from these setbacks, they only make you stronger. There will be tournaments for me and I’m sure if I work hard on myself I will be there at the next tournament ” , he began by explaining before settling accounts with Lorient.
The Austrian pays Lorient
“At that point, I and my agents were told, ‘Don’t panic, no stress. We will have (Terem) Moffi but you are our striker.’ When he was there he immediately got it. play. I knew something was wrong. Such things are not beautiful and have haunted me all year round. It was not in my power, I could do whatever I wanted. (…) At the time (when he was questioned by the press), I lied and said I was happy because we were in the middle of a relegation battle and I didn’t want to provoke troubles. ” Now he has no qualms about doing it.
“I was left behind, they ruined my year. It’s the pure truth, and I don’t wish that on anyone. ” About Christophe Pélissier, he confided: “Far too much has happened. It will be very difficult to build a new base to work together. ” Regarding his future, the attacker excludes nothing. “I hope next season will be better wherever it is. I want to get back in the limelight with my goals. I know what my qualities are. ” After such an outing, it’s hard to imagine a future in Lorient.