Andrew Surman

Andrew Surman is an English midfielder who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 20th August 1986. He moved to Southampton with his English parents in 1995, and joined his hometown club as a youngster. On 4th March 2002, Surman became the youngest ever Saints reserve player when he lined up against Derby (A record later broken by Theo Walcott).

Surman was loaned to League One side Walsall in February 2005 until the end of the season. He made his debut on 5th February in a 2-2 draw against Wrexham as a substitute, and scored in his first start for The Saddlers on 11th February at Bristol City. Surman made 14 appearances for Walsall in total and scored twice.

In 2005/06 Surman was loaned out again, this time to Bournemouth. Drew's time at Dean Court proved to be a big success. He scored on his Cherries debut on 6th August, which was the first of six for the Dorset outfit. Surman returned to Saints in January 2006, and made his first appearance for the club on 25th January in a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace. Six days later he scored Southampton's only goal in a 2-1 defeat at Plymouth. The South African born midfielder featured 10 more times that season and showed plenty of promise for George Burley's side.

The opening months of 2006/07 saw Surman usually playing second fiddle to Rudi Skacel, with most of his appearances coming from the bench. The youngster eventually forced his way into Burley's starting line up on a regular basis however, and was equally impressive on the left or the centre of midfield where he was sometimes used. Surman was one of the clubs top performers in the second half of the campaign, and scored an impressive hatrick against Barnsley on 17th February. Surman also scored the opener of the 1st leg play-off home defeat to Derby.

Unfortunately Surman failed to kick on from his impressive displays from the previous season in 2007/08. The former Walsall loanee often flattered to deceive in a Saints side that spent much of the campaign struggling at the wrong end of the table. By March his performances had got so bad that manager Nigel Pearson dropped him in favour of Mario Licka. Surman only returned to the side when an injury to Gregory Vignal meant he was needed at left back.

Surman performed slightly better in 2008/09, but still wasn't half the player he had been two seasons previously. The midfielder scored 7 times in a difficult season which saw the club relegated to League 1, but also often went missing in big games when it really mattered. He was often found to be too lightweight, and played far too many sideways and backwards passes. Occasionally he looked superb however, like in the 3-1 win over Preston on 21st February 2009.

On 1st July 2009 Surman joined newly promoted Premiership side Wolves in a £1.2million deal, penning a three year contract. Drew made his debut for Mick McCarthy's side on 18th August 2009 against Wigan. He found his opportunities extremely limited at Molineux however, and only appeared 9 times for the club during 2009/10. One of those appearances came in the infamous match at Old Trafford on 15th December, when boss McCarthy controversially rested ten regular first teamers in favour of fringe players.

Surman signed for Championship outfit Norwich City on 22nd June 2010 for an undisclosed fee in a three year deal. He made his debut for The Canaries on the 6th August opening day 3-2 defeat against Watford. Surman spent much of his first few months at Carrrow Road in the treatment room, as he struggled with a knee injury. After returning in February, Surman entered the best run of form in his career to date. He played a key role in helping Paul Lambert's side reach an unlikely promotion to the Premiership, scoring vital goals against Bristol City, Nottingham Forest and Ipswich.

Surman has also represented England at Under 21 level on 4 separate occasions, and scored a goal in a European Championship qualifier against Montenegro on 7th September 2007.