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Andrew Surman

Position:
Midfielder
Date of birth:
20th August 1986
Nationality:
England
Height:
178
Date signed:
1st September 2014
Debut:
-
Previous clubs:
Southampton, Wolves, Norwich

Andrew Surman has made more than 200 appearances for the Cherries across three spells, including two loan stays.

A regular during the club's Championship-winning season of 2014/15 and ever-present in the first year in the Premier League, he was appointed vice-captain ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

Born in South Africa, Surman moved to England with his family when he was nine and grew up in Southampton.

After drawing attention from the Saints while playing for local side Hedge End Rangers, the midfielder opted to join their academy and later became the youngest player to turn out for the reserves.

In 2005, Surman was sent out on loan to gain first-team experience, starting at Walsall before coming to AFC Bournemouth.

His six-month spell with the Cherries saw him play 28 games in all competitions and net six times before returning to the Saints in 2006.

Surman became a vital part of Southampton’s first team during the 2006/07 season and was a member of the side which reached the Championship play-offs.

Unfortunately for the former England under-21 international, his strike against Derby in the semi-final was not enough to take the Saints to Wembley as they lost out on penalties.

After 13 years with the Saints, Surman’s time at the club came to an end in 2009 after he opted to join promoted Premier League side Wolves. However, he found starts hard to come by and left the following year for Norwich City.

At Carrow Road, success would soon come Surman’s way as he played 22 times in the Canaries’ Championship-winning season of 2010/11.

He played his part in helping Norwich ensure Premier League survival in 2011/12 and was rewarded with a new contract.

In the summer of 2013, and after having played just seven times for Norwich in the previous campaign, Surman signed on loan for the Cherries for a second time.

After making 35 appearances in the Championship as Eddie Howe guided the Cherries to promotion, the switch was made permanent ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.

Surman was ever-present in the Cherries' first season in the top flight, starting all 38 games.

He missed his first Premier League game for the club against Tottenham in October 2016 due to illness but played his part as the Cherries recorded their highest top-flight finishing position (ninth).

Surman scored his first goal for the Cherries in the Premier League in a 2-1 home win over Brighton in September 2017 and doubled his tally a month later in the victory at Stoke. He made 25 appearances in the top flight in 2017/18.

Surman featured in 12 Premier League games in the first-half of 2018/19 as the Cherries made their best start to a top-flight campaign.

However, a calf injury sustained in training brought his season to a premature end in March 2019.

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