A new weekly feature that looks at one of our next opponent's players, and which Pars players they will be directly competing against.
This week: Dundee United's Tony Andreu.
A full match preview will be posted tomorrow.
Dundee United's surprisingly indifferent start to the League season - 1 win, 2 draws and a defeat in their opening 4 games - saw them enter the transfer market to sign Norwich City attacker Tony Andreu on a season-long loan. In a move that was seen as a surprise by many - a player swapping the English Championship for the Scottish version - Andreu made a positive start to his Tannadice career with the winning goal in last weekend's Challenge Cup win over Peterhead.
Andreu (pictured above, during his time at Hamilton) had stated that he decided to move north because, "I wanted the challenge of trying to win promotion. Maybe people will wonder why I came to the Championship when I could have played in the (Scottish) Premiership but that's just the way it went. I need to be playing and feeling good. The manager impressed me. I like his idea of football."
The player, born in France and now 28 years old, moved to Norwich for £1 million in 2015 after scoring 28 goals in 70 games for Hamilton Accies between 2013 and early 2015. Signed for Hamilton by then-boss Alex Neil, after a season at Livingston, he followed Neil to Norwich in February 2015 but failed to make an impact, with no League starts and only 6 substitute appearances. His only first team start came in the League Cup. Andreu spent part of last season on loan at Rotherham, playing 11 games and scoring twice.
Andreu is an attacking midfielder, rather than a striker (although in a similar way to the Pars' Kallum Higginbotham he can be played up front if required). Andreu will be up against Andy Geggan, who - in the absence of Nat Wedderburn - has taken on more defensive responsibility in midfield. Geggan (pictured, right) will not restrict himself to operating purely as a holding midfielder, as Wedderburn does, but will have to curtail his attacking instincts at times. If Geggan can produce a disciplined performance, and avoid a booking early in the game, he will have a much better chance of limiting Andreu's forward runs, which will be a key part of United's attacks. In central defence, Lee Ashcroft will be partnered by either Callum Fordyce or Ben Richards-Everton, and whoever is selected will also have to deal with the Frenchman. Undoubtedly a talented player, Andreu will be a key part of United's promotion bid. Nullifying his threat on Saturday will go a long way to securing a positive result.
Andy Geggan photo by Pars Review.