Ex-Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman has proven value for money at Bournemouth
PUBLISHED: 16:11 30 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:11 30 October 2018
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The grass isn't always greener on the other side, but Andrew Surman's departure from Norwich City five years ago turned out perfectly for the player.
Surman was a favourite under former boss Paul Lambert, who signed him from Wolves in June 2010.
The South African born midfielder scored in City’s 5-1 win at Ipswich in April 2011 – on the way to promotion to the top flight – and in 47 league starts for City scored seven times.
But after a season-affected by injury, Surman was allowed to join Bournemouth – then in the Championship – on a season-long loan in 2013 and, having impressed Cherries boss Eddie Howe, the deal was made permanent, although then City boss Neil Adams was keen for him to stay.
“He knows I want him here,” said Adams at the time. “He is the type of player we need and he has featured heavily in the pre-season games. He is another one we would love to come on board for the long term.”
At a fee believed to be around £1.2m, Surman has proven good value for Bournemouth.
He made a total of 70 starts in his first two seasons and 38 in the Premier League in 2015-16, with 21 and 20 in the subsequent seasons.
Surman, 32, has started four games this season and is likely to face the Canaries on Tuesday night, with Howe – like most managers with Carabao Cup obligations – opting to rest players.