This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
Florin Andone tasted relegation with Deportivo La Coruna in 2018 but he was soon back playing top-flight football with another team in blue and white stripes as, later that summer, he completed a £5.4m move to Brighton (as per TransferMarkt), who had beaten the drop in their first season in the Premier League.
The 25-cap Romania international came to the Amex Stadium with a decent scoring record in Spanish football and was expected to provide a fresh alternative to the ageing Glenn Murray, on whom the Seagulls relied heavily for goals in the 2017/18 season.
How did Andone fare after his transfer to Brighton?
Andone had to be patient for his chance under Chris Hughton, not making his first Premier League start until December. However, goals in successive games against Huddersfield and arch-rivals Crystal Palace hinted at a sign of good things to come – his solo goal against the Eagles was a gem.
He netted a couple of times in the Seagulls’ run to the FA Cup semi-finals but found league starts hard to come by, while two of his three league goals in an underwhelming first season came against a Huddersfield side who collected a meagre 16 points.
Even when finding the net against West Brom in a cup tie, the Romanian also made headlines for sinister reasons, elbowing Sam Field in the face and subsequently receiving a three-match ban.
Andone’s second season as a Brighton player
Andone’s first year at Brighton wasn’t a memorable one and the £19.8m acquisition of Neal Maupay last summer left him with an even greater challenge to win over new manager Graham Potter.
He got his 2019/20 campaign off to a good start, scoring as a substitute in the opening day 3-0 win at Watford, but then his nasty streak came to the fore again a couple of weeks later. A rash knee-high challenge on Southampton’s Yann Valery saw him shown a straight red card and prompted a shocked Paul Merson to say that it was “worthy of five red cards“. Even Potter admonished him afterwards for the excessive severity of the challenge.
That remains his last appearance for Brighton as he was soon dispatched on loan to Galatasaray for the season, where a cruciate ligament injury limited him to only 12 appearances in which he scored just twice (as per TransferMarkt).
What does the future hold for Andone at Brighton?
Andone’s loan spell in Turkey was cut short in June after suffering a knee injury and he now finds himself back at Brighton, where Maupay hit double figures in the 2019/20 season and Aaron Connolly broke into the first team to feature regularly under Potter.
Can you see a way back for Florin Andone at Brighton?
The 27-year-old has endured a torrid time since his move to Sussex in 2018 and, with the likes of Maupay and Connolly impressing at the Amex in recent months, the Romanian could face a bleak future at Brighton, where he has managed only six goals in 30 appearances since his £5.4m move two years ago.
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