AFC Bournemouth: Loan spell made me a better player says Norwich's Andrew Surman

Bournemouth Echo: IMPRESSIVE LOAN SPELL: Andrew Surman IMPRESSIVE LOAN SPELL: Andrew Surman

MIDFIELDER Andrew Surman is convinced his season-long loan with Cherries made him a “better player”.

The Norwich City man starred during the second-half of the campaign as Eddie Howe’s men firmly established themselves in the Championship.

Surman had been short on match action when he arrived at Dean Court having been restricted by a knee injury to just seven appearances for the Canaries in 2012-13.

And although he took time to rediscover his form, the 27-year-old was a revelation for Cherries, starting all but two of the final 29 games as Eddie Howe’s men secured a 10th-placed finish.

Surman, who has a year left to run on his contract at Carrow Road, could be a summer target for Howe, although his future is unlikely to be decided until after Norwich’s Premier League fate has been determined.

He told the Daily Echo: “I enjoy playing as part of a team that wants to get the ball down and play in what I believe to be the right way. Bournemouth do that and I have really enjoyed my season here so we will see what the future holds.

“One of the conversations I had before I came here was about playing a more central role rather than out wide. It wasn’t a condition but the manager knew it was something I wanted to try to do and I was very grateful that he was prepared to put me in there.

“We started the season with three in midfield and I have always been quite an attacking player so had a lot to learn on the defensive side of the game.

“When you are in a central role, you have a lot more responsibility on your shoulders and have to have that intensity. Those are the demands if you want to play there.

“Having not played for a while, it took time to get back my match legs when I first came in but this spell has enabled me to do that as well as working on the parts of my game I needed to improve on.

“It has been great and I would say this season, along with the manager’s help, has made me a better player. We have all progressed throughout the season as a team and as individuals and it was just what I needed.”

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10:02am Tue 6 May 14

a real supporter says...

The jury is still out for me. Gives the ball away a lot. Is small ( in a small midfield) and most important has not scored a single goal this season. Although he has had a lot of shots normally woefully wide.

I feel we need a bigger more commanding midfielder who can spray passes and when needed can change a game. Idealy someone with experience. He will cost but we are now playing in a big boys league and have to show our intent with some steel in the middle of the park.

UTCIAD
The jury is still out for me. Gives the ball away a lot. Is small ( in a small midfield) and most important has not scored a single goal this season. Although he has had a lot of shots normally woefully wide. I feel we need a bigger more commanding midfielder who can spray passes and when needed can change a game. Idealy someone with experience. He will cost but we are now playing in a big boys league and have to show our intent with some steel in the middle of the park. UTCIAD a real supporter
  • Score: -7

10:17am Tue 6 May 14

abc100 says...

a real supporter wrote:
The jury is still out for me. Gives the ball away a lot. Is small ( in a small midfield) and most important has not scored a single goal this season. Although he has had a lot of shots normally woefully wide. I feel we need a bigger more commanding midfielder who can spray passes and when needed can change a game. Idealy someone with experience. He will cost but we are now playing in a big boys league and have to show our intent with some steel in the middle of the park. UTCIAD
The Jury is in, Jury spokesman Eddie Howe announces he would love to sign him permanently along with the majority of the Dean Court faithful!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]a real supporter[/bold] wrote: The jury is still out for me. Gives the ball away a lot. Is small ( in a small midfield) and most important has not scored a single goal this season. Although he has had a lot of shots normally woefully wide. I feel we need a bigger more commanding midfielder who can spray passes and when needed can change a game. Idealy someone with experience. He will cost but we are now playing in a big boys league and have to show our intent with some steel in the middle of the park. UTCIAD[/p][/quote]The Jury is in, Jury spokesman Eddie Howe announces he would love to sign him permanently along with the majority of the Dean Court faithful!!!!! abc100
  • Score: 16

10:41am Tue 6 May 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

A good player but he has missed a few sitters in front of goal this season which may have made all the difference to our playoff attempt.. . . . STILL there is always next season to redeem himself
A good player but he has missed a few sitters in front of goal this season which may have made all the difference to our playoff attempt.. . . . STILL there is always next season to redeem himself RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 4

11:20am Tue 6 May 14

abc100 says...

RED LETTER DAY wrote:
A good player but he has missed a few sitters in front of goal this season which may have made all the difference to our playoff attempt.. . . . STILL there is always next season to redeem himself
Over a season there are many ifs & buts, I agree with the earlier post that Surman has things to work on but then again that is the same for every player in our squad, I would certainly try to keep Surman and let McDonald go as he is very injury prone
[quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: A good player but he has missed a few sitters in front of goal this season which may have made all the difference to our playoff attempt.. . . . STILL there is always next season to redeem himself[/p][/quote]Over a season there are many ifs & buts, I agree with the earlier post that Surman has things to work on but then again that is the same for every player in our squad, I would certainly try to keep Surman and let McDonald go as he is very injury prone abc100
  • Score: 0

12:51pm Tue 6 May 14

canfordcherry says...

abc100 wrote:
RED LETTER DAY wrote:
A good player but he has missed a few sitters in front of goal this season which may have made all the difference to our playoff attempt.. . . . STILL there is always next season to redeem himself
Over a season there are many ifs & buts, I agree with the earlier post that Surman has things to work on but then again that is the same for every player in our squad, I would certainly try to keep Surman and let McDonald go as he is very injury prone
Agree in signing Surman, does a lot you don't always notice.
Not sure about getting rid of Maccer, still has many qualities to offer the squad. Give him another season to prove his fitness.
I see Burnley have already had a clear out, 4 released (1 of them Brian Stock).
[quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: A good player but he has missed a few sitters in front of goal this season which may have made all the difference to our playoff attempt.. . . . STILL there is always next season to redeem himself[/p][/quote]Over a season there are many ifs & buts, I agree with the earlier post that Surman has things to work on but then again that is the same for every player in our squad, I would certainly try to keep Surman and let McDonald go as he is very injury prone[/p][/quote]Agree in signing Surman, does a lot you don't always notice. Not sure about getting rid of Maccer, still has many qualities to offer the squad. Give him another season to prove his fitness. I see Burnley have already had a clear out, 4 released (1 of them Brian Stock). canfordcherry
  • Score: 2

2:12pm Tue 6 May 14

ASM says...

personally i think danny hollands is a better player (easy to say now after he just scored a hatrick). I think Surman must be like Richard Hughes and Flahaven, being a good character and experienced figure with a positive influence on the rest of the squad.
Some fans really rate him and so does our man Eddie. So lets sign him up
personally i think danny hollands is a better player (easy to say now after he just scored a hatrick). I think Surman must be like Richard Hughes and Flahaven, being a good character and experienced figure with a positive influence on the rest of the squad. Some fans really rate him and so does our man Eddie. So lets sign him up ASM
  • Score: 4

5:18pm Tue 6 May 14

golfer33 says...

I would prefer another midfielder like H Arter, someone who gets stuck in and and can put those balls throu to the front runners.
I would prefer another midfielder like H Arter, someone who gets stuck in and and can put those balls throu to the front runners. golfer33
  • Score: 1

12:10pm Wed 7 May 14

afcbtintin says...

I look forward to seeing Andrew at Dean Court next season. I just hope it's in red n black shirt and not a yellow & green one !

UTCIAD
I look forward to seeing Andrew at Dean Court next season. I just hope it's in red n black shirt and not a yellow & green one ! UTCIAD afcbtintin
  • Score: 2

4:19pm Wed 7 May 14

SympatheticSam says...

Definitely didn't wow me as much as before but of course we were in a different league and playing against a lot weaker players. He's found his level. Hopefully stays with us.
Definitely didn't wow me as much as before but of course we were in a different league and playing against a lot weaker players. He's found his level. Hopefully stays with us. SympatheticSam
  • Score: 1

9:11pm Wed 7 May 14

West moors 1 says...

abc100 wrote:
RED LETTER DAY wrote:
A good player but he has missed a few sitters in front of goal this season which may have made all the difference to our playoff attempt.. . . . STILL there is always next season to redeem himself
Over a season there are many ifs & buts, I agree with the earlier post that Surman has things to work on but then again that is the same for every player in our squad, I would certainly try to keep Surman and let McDonald go as he is very injury prone
Agreed. He has to find the confidence to shoot more and our entire midfield need to score more often. I would like to see a player like Collinson join us, soul cost a few bob but could be invaluable over the course of the new season.
[quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: A good player but he has missed a few sitters in front of goal this season which may have made all the difference to our playoff attempt.. . . . STILL there is always next season to redeem himself[/p][/quote]Over a season there are many ifs & buts, I agree with the earlier post that Surman has things to work on but then again that is the same for every player in our squad, I would certainly try to keep Surman and let McDonald go as he is very injury prone[/p][/quote]Agreed. He has to find the confidence to shoot more and our entire midfield need to score more often. I would like to see a player like Collinson join us, soul cost a few bob but could be invaluable over the course of the new season. West moors 1
  • Score: 0

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