Burnley are in the market for a new striker to fill the Andre Gray-shaped hole in their squad and they are making a move for Deportivo striker Florin Andone. Sky Sports report that the Clarets made a £11.8 million bid for the player on Tuesday after having two bids turned down for Leeds United striker Chris Wood. Sean Dyche favours British players and they make up the majority of the club’s squad, but he obviously sees something in the Romania international.
Watford, Fiorentina, Espanyol and Sporting Lisbon have all been linked with Andone, who scored 12 goals in 37 appearances for the La Liga side last season. It is a risk to buy a striker from abroad, but it is difficult to find one that is capable of scoring goals at the highest level. The Romanian has shown that he can score in the Spanish top flight. Deportivo were a functional team and he showed qualities that would transition well to the Premier League.
Where has he been?
The striker has played in Spain for his entire career to date, slowly making his way up the leagues. He moved to Villarreal in 2011 and it was there that he started making a name for himself. Andone impressed with the C team before earning a loan move to the third tier’s Atletico Baleares, where he scored 12 goals.
His performances on loan led to a move to Cordoba and it was here that he started making a name for himself. The Romanian quickly found himself in the first-team and made his La Liga debut at the beginning of 2015, a game which he scored in. His club was relegated during that season, but the drop to the second tier was a blessing as he emerged as one of the best in the league.
Last summer, he was signed by Deportivo for €4.7 million and he continues to go from strength-to-strength. A good season with the top-flight side has led to interest from Burnley.
What would he bring to Burnley?
Andone is a determined individual as he has shown through his slow progression up the leagues in Spain. He has had to earn his opportunity through spells at a number of different clubs, which shows an ability to adapt. If he did join Burnley, he has the personality to adjust to English football and not be overawed by the switch.
The 24-year-old’s style is perfect for the Premier League and he would be a particularly good fit at Burnley. Andone is a hard-working player, who runs himself into the ground for his team. He is mobile and likes to run the channels to stretch the play, opening up space for the rest of the team. The Romanian is a combative individual, who can compete in the air, but he also has enough pace to cause defences problems.
Would he be a good signing?
Burnley play a combative and aggressive style, as they stay compact at the back and look to cause problems in attack with their physicality. Andone would be a good fit for the team in this sense, but he also possesses impressive technical ability, meaning he could stand out at Turf Moor. It is impossible to predict how he will adjust, but if he gets to grips with English football, he would be an upgrade on Andre Gray. Deportivo won’t want to sell, but the Clarets have enough spending power to push a deal through. This is one they should really push for.