(During the next 30 days, starting May 10th, CroatianSports will be giving “season grades” to 30 of Croatia’s most important football players: Starting XI, bench, fringe, prospects. Grades will be given on preseason expectations vs. actual season performance; not stats.)
Day 11: Lovro Majer
Season Grade: F
Scoring a junk goal in injury time against Canada at the World Cup
Team next season:
- Remain at Rennes (99%)
- Possible loan move for one season (no current rumors — 1%)
What the future holds:
Majer isn’t going anywhere as he still has plenty to prove in France. It was only last summer that Majer was dubbed the next Luka Modrić, being scouted by some of Europe’s most elite clubs in Real Madrid, PSG, and Arsenal. However, the past year has been an absolute disaster for Majer at Rennes; who are expected to finish 5th/6th this season. Majer was supposed to be one of the top players in France this year. Instead, he only has one Ligue 1 goal to his name alongside five assists. Expectations were high for Majer as he could have easily become a large fish in a small pond at Rennes. Majer only started 16 times for Rennes. Not only did he not produce, but for a majority of the season he wasn’t even getting ample playing time.
On top of that, Majer’s Croatia stock also plummeted. He only played 120 minutes at the World Cup in in 7 1/2 games. Majer only received one start (playing 66 minutes) in the 3rd Place match vs. Morocco. Luckily, he is only 25 years old and could turn around his 52-week low just as fast as it dipped.