Andone following in Petrescu's footsteps

26 May 2018
Dan Petrescu, Chelsea

Brighton striker Florin Andone will become the 14th Romanian to play in the PL, but who are the others?

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After signing for Brighton & Hove Albion Florin Andone will be hoping to put Romania back on the Premier League map.

The 25-year-old, who signed from Deportivo La Coruna on Friday, will become the 14th Romanian to appear in the PL and the first since Costel Pantilimon kept goal for Watford in a 0-0 home draw with Middlesbrough in January 2017.

The very first Romanians to appear in the Premier League did so in the same match, a seven-goal thriller between Sheffield Wednesday and Tottenham Hotspur in August 1994.

Dan Petrescu (pictured, above right) scored on his debut for Wednesday, but it was Ilie Dumitrescu who ended up on the winning side as Spurs earned a 4-3 victory at Hillsborough thanks to Jurgen Klinsmann’s decisive strike on a memorable opening match of that season.

Andone will be hoping to emulate Petrescu, who enjoyed the most successful spell in the Premier League among his compatriots, scoring 23 goals in 215 Premier League appearances, most of which came in five seasons at Chelsea. He also played in the PL for Bradford City and Southampton.

Pantilimon, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Nottingham Forest, and Florin Gardos, who has made nine appearances for Saints, are the only other two Romanians with top-flight experience currently on the books of PL clubs.

The Premier League's Romanians
Player Club Apps Goals
 Dan Petrescu  SHW/CHE/BRD/SOU  215 23
 Costel Pantilimon  MCI/SUN/WAT  54 0
 Gabriel Tamas  WBA  45 0
 Ilie Dumitrescu  TOT/WHU  28 4
 Vlad Chriches  TOT  27 1
 Adrian Mutu  CHE  27 6
 Gheorghe Popescu  TOT  23 3
 Ioan Viorel Ganea  WOL  16 3
 Razvan Rat  WHU  15 0
 Florin Gardos  SOU  9 0
 Florin Raducioiu  WHU  11 2
 Viorel Moldovan  COV  10 1
 Cosmin Contra  WBA  5 0


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