Video: Can Tony Andreu be Norwich City’s own version of Frank Lampard?

Manchester City's Frank Lampard celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Barclays Premier

Manchester City's Frank Lampard celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. Picture: PA - Credit: PA

When it became clear Alex Neil was set to do business with his former club on transfer deadline day most Norwich City fans took to the internet.

Hamilton Academical's Tony Andreu. Picture: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

Hamilton Academical's Tony Andreu. Picture: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire. - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima

While some logged on simply to bemoan the news on social media many others took straight to YouTube in search of Tony Andreu highlight reels. Supporters wanted to know what type of player they were getting and where he would fit in at Carrow Road.

Confusion still continues to reign with some suggesting the Hamilton Academical sensation will be used out wide for the Canaries. But Scott McClymont expects the one-time Monaco youngster to be used in a role more accustomed to that of one of the Premier League's greatest scorer of goals from midfield.

'For a start, he's definitely not a number nine,' said the Scottish journalist who works for STV.

'In terms of style, a lot of Andreu's goals come in a similar way to Frank Lampard, by arriving late in the box. As a midfielder he's not an out-and-out playmaker, or a wideman, or even a number 10. I suppose you could say he's a number eight. He can drop back and sit deep in a pair as well.

Celtic manager Ronnie Deila with assistant John Collins (centre) at the start of the Scottish Premie

Celtic manager Ronnie Deila with assistant John Collins (centre) at the start of the Scottish Premier League match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 16, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Celtic. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. - Credit: PA

'He is definitely a central midfielder who likes to break forward and get on the end of things though. His last goal for Accies against St. Johnstone showed that. He was always looking around to time his move and wanted his wide players to collect the ball and get it into the box or reach the byline and cut it back.

'A lot of his goals have come from outside the box or just inside the area but he's not afraid to shoot from distance either. He's got a good long-range shot on him. In general I'd say he's a Frank Lampard-type player. I'm not saying he's as good as him, or is going to score as many goals as he has in England, but there are definitely similarities between how they play. The test now will be whether he'll be able to find as much space in the Championship. There will be defensive midfielders who will be tasked with keeping an eye on him. But if he can pick up the same sort of spaces he did for Hamilton then I'm sure he can be a success.'

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The faithful at Andreu's first English team learned about more than just his on-pitch abilities during their searches of the world wide web. The 26-year-old Frenchman, Neil's only signing during during the January transfer window, loves more than just finding the net – something he did 12 times this term to depart as the Scottish Premier League's joint-top scorer.

The new Canary enjoys writing poems, playing the ukelele, and spending time with his partner Julia – the daughter of the man who signed him at Livingston, current Celtic assistant John Collins. The passion for Ms Collins was discovered in Scotland as was his desire to pen verses that sweep across the page as beautifully as he sprays passes around the field of play.

Speaking to the Daily Record in May, Andreu said: 'Football is a masculine sport. But there is no reason why intellectual and physical activity can't go together. I have a lot of free time. I love to read – whether it is thrillers, crime stories or more philosophical themes – and I recently bought a book about French history. I sometimes write poems and I note down details about the books I've read. I have only started doing this since I came to Scotland.

'But life is about more than just football. I'm drawn to a lot of things and learned to play the ukulele in Switzerland (where he played for Nyonnais before joining Livingstone).'

Only time will tell whether Andreu will be able to make sure he keeps pulling the strings on the pitch for Neil now they're back together again.

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