Q&A Special - Brighton Fan on Keith Andrews

  • May 07, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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With the play-offs on the horizon, a Brighton & Hove Albion supporter tells us why Keith Andrews could play a major role in helping them into the Premier League.

Albion host Derby County in the first leg of their semi-final tie on Thursday night, as they look to avoid a repeat of last season's play-off heartbreak at the hands of Crystal Palace.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have spoken to Chris Field (@chrisfield25). We asked Chris about Andrews' loan spell at the AMEX Stadium, whether or not he has been misunderstood by Bolton supporters, as well as getting an opinion on transfer plans for the former Republic of Ireland international.

Q: 35 appearances, one goal and a regular part of a side that qualified for the play-offs. How would you sum up Keith Andrews' time at Brighton?

A: He's been a very good player for us. I said at the time we signed him that he could probably come in and do a job to a decent standard.

I knew him more as a box-to-box type player so I assumed he would come in to play alongside Liam Bridcutt, but he's effectively replaced him. It was always going to be a tough act to follow but, personally, I think he's been excellent in the holding role for us.

Some of our fans will tell you he's useless, but, unfortunately, like all clubs, we have some fans who are utter morons!

Q: Earlier in the campaign, Andrews was touted as a potential candidate for Player of the Year at the AMEX. Did he maintain those performance levels or did they begin to slip towards the end of the season?

A: I've been a very big fan of his but, realistically, I've never felt he was a Player of the Year candidate. Don't get me wrong, he's been very good this year but, at times, he's had a few bad games.

In fairness, these occasions have been very rare, but he's not been quite as consistent as the players who came in the top-three for Player of the Year - Matthew Upson, Stephen Ward and Tomasz Kuszczak.

Q: As a former Blackburn player, and one who failed to cut it in the Premier League, Andrews isn't rated very highly by Wanderers supporters. Are we right, or have you seen something that would prove us wrong?

A: I'll be honest, I really don't see how some Bolton (and Blackburn) fans think he's useless. He's come into our midfield and held it together fantastically well. I said this time last year that we needed a bit more Premier League/Championship experience in our midfield and he's fitted that bill superbly.

I think that possibly he wasn't used in the right way with Dougie Freedman's style of football. In our free-flowing passing game, he's fantastic in the holding role - a la Claude Makelele/Liam Bridcutt. I just think it's a case of wrong player, wrong team. I think a change of scenery has done him good.

From something I heard him say after the Huddersfield Town away game this season, I'm not sure he is Freedman's biggest fan!

Q: With 12 months left on his Bolton contract, would you like to see the deal made permanent over the summer and do you think it's something Oscar Garcia would be interested in?

A: Yes, no doubt. I'd love to see Andrews back, regardless of what division we're in next season - be it Championship or Premier League.

I said before, his experience has been pivotal to our success this season so it'd be great to see him in the blue and white stripes again next season.

Speaking to some Bolton fans I know, they seem to think we would get him for pretty much nothing so hopefully we'd be able to come to an arrangement with Andrews about his wages. I would feel very confident that A: He would want to come, B: Oscar will want to bring him back.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Chris for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more of his views by following him on Twitter - @chrisfield25.

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