Three goals in three November international matches. Adrian Grbic has impressively proven his worth for the Austrian national team this autumn. The 24-year-old has scored four goals after seven appearances for Austria. The winning goal against Northern Ireland (2: 1) was followed by the equalizer against Norway (1: 1) as a joker on Wednesday, with which the group victory in the Nations League was fixed.
Grbic hopes to play an important role in the plans of team boss Franco Foda for the coming European Championship year. “I think I’ve developed very well last year,” said the French legionnaire. “I will stick with it and keep working hard on myself. I will do my best to recommend myself for further tasks.”
The Viennese had only been called up in the A-team for the first time in September after a ten million euro transfer from the French second division club Clermont Foot to the Oberhaus club FC Lorient. “It’s November now and I’ve already scored my fourth goal,” said Grbic. He has not yet really realized that he has now scored three international matches in a row. “I’m happy for the team that we made first place. I hope it continues like this.”
Foda: “Grbic is a player who is there immediately”
Foda has almost always used Grbic as a substitute. Only in the test in October against Greece (2-1) did he play from the start. “Grbic is a player who is there as soon as he comes in, who is very present,” said the team boss. “Adrian is doing very well at the moment.” The ÖFB striker also found himself mainly in the joker role at Lorient. He holds two goals this season in ten league games. Foda hopes: “Maybe his success rate with the national team will make him play more regularly:”
Lorient is as table-17. just before the relegation zone, on Sunday it goes away against the table runners-up Lille. Grbic also wants to deal with big names in the national team in the future. The importance of the promotion to the Nations League League A is correspondingly great. “For all of us and for Austrian football, it is very important that we can measure ourselves against the top nations,” emphasized Grbic. “That’s where the best of the best play. That’s where we wanted to go, that’s where we are, and that’s where we’ll give everything.”
For him, that outweighed the poor performance against Norway’s Notelf. “When you come first, it’s always good. We made too many mistakes in this game,” said Austria’s goalscorer. “In two or three weeks – or a little later – nobody will ask how the group win came about. In the end, it is the points that count that we scored.”
He himself shone as he did against Northern Ireland in the finish alongside Marko Arnautovic. The China legionnaire, with whom he has had a similar basic football training on Vienna’s street squares, is still clearly ahead of him in the ranking of the ÖFB attackers. As long as Foda relies on a central striker, the ex-Altacher should have to line up behind Arnautovic. Grbic: “Whether I come off the bench or play from the start – as a striker I always want to score my goals.” He recently did that regularly in the ÖFB team.
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