Florin Andone’s rise in the world of football has been meteoric to say the least. The Deportivo striker has been influential for the side by scoring 5 goals and getting 2 assists in 5 games whilst also being nominated for the La Liga player of the month in November. But just where has this gem come from and how has he done so well?
Andone’s senior career began in 2011 when he signed for Spanish third tier side CD Castellon however his time with the side was short lived and after just making 4 appearances with the side he signed for Villarreal and returned to Youth football. After playing with the Villarreal C-Team Andone was eventually loaned out to CD Atletico Baleares who were playing in the Third division at the time. Andone finished the season with 12 goals in 34 matches which is a pretty good return for the then 20 year old.
In 2014 Andone was sold by Villarreal to another La Liga side in Cordoba and this is the side where he would go on and make a name for himself. Unfortunately his time at Cordoba was initially slow as he was dropped the the B side but was eventually promoted back to the first team. He made his debut in the Copa Del Rey against Granada coming on as a sub in the first leg and his first goal for Cordoba came in the 2nd Leg. Andone scored 6 goals in 18 starts in his first season in the top flight which saw his side relegated from the La Liga.
His next season with Cordoba would be the best of his career. Andone was extremely prolific in the Spanish second division scoring 21 goals and getting 7 assists in 36 games. His fantastic form did not go unnoticed and the Romanian had gained interest from many of Europes top clubs but however he decided to stay on till the end of the season. Not only was his great form recognised by many clubs he was also recognised by his country and the youngster was called up to represent his country of Romania. Andone scored his first goal for his country against Italy in a friendly match. At the end of the year Cordoba were in the Play offs but unfortunately Andone was unable to play in these games due to National team commitments and ultimately Cordoba lost to Girona 4-3 on aggregate.
Andone was selected to play for Romania at the upcoming European championship in France and the 23 year old started the first game of the competition against France and although he did not score he still had a good game and no doubt had people talking about him. After the Euros were over Andone was signed by La Liga side Deportivo La Corona for a fee of €4.7 who were in need of a replacement for Lucas Perez who signed for Arsenal who scored 18 in the previous season so he had high expectations that he had to live up to. Unfortunately Andone did not get off to the best of starts and was unable to find the net in his first 10 games but once he finally scored he did not look back and the young Romanian has now gone on to score 5 goals and get 2 assists in his previous 5 games while being a November play of the month nominee.
Andone is a very hardworking striker who is very powerful and strong which helps him get into positions to score. Although his records may not show it Andone is a good goalscorer and would be a great asset up top for a lot of top flight clubs. A player who is also a great dribbler as shown by his fantastic goal vs Sevilla is a fantastic young talent and will score goals wherever he goes. With recent rumours it is believed Sunderland are the frontrunners to get his signature and the Defoe-Andone strike partnership just spells goals and could be very lethal. If Sunderland wanna splash the cash then they will be one step closer to staying up again this season. If he stays at Deportivo or moves onto bigger and better we know that Andone is a fantastic player who deserves a lot of credit for what he has done.