Name: Tony Andreu
Date of Birth: 22nd May 1988
Place of Birth: Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France
Signed: 4th July 2019 from Coventry City (out of contract)
Departed: 31st May 2000 (contract expired)
Debut: 14th July 2019 v Dunfermline (2-3)
Final Match: 11th March 2020 v Hearts (1-0)
French attacking midfielder Tony Andreu arrived at Saints in 2019 from English third tier side Coventry City towards the end of his career, following successful spells in Scotland with Livingston, Hamilton and Dundee Utd; heralded as the first significant signing of the Jim Goodwin era. (Dean Lyness had already signed but was agreed under Oran Kearney)
The 31 year old still displayed excellent technical ability, however injuries from earlier in his career had caught up with Andreu and he was no longer the player that had made such a big impression on Scottish football only a few years earlier, especially when he entered his own goal of the season competition against Saints in 2016/17 when he scored a number of outrageous volleys for Dundee Utd.
Andreu however was a firm favourite with Goodwin, although as the season progressed he became more of an impact player from the bench with 16 of his 36 Saints coming as a substitute. The Frenchman scored his first goal for Saints on the 14th September 2019 when his free kick squirmed under Ross County goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw to level the score at Dingwall during an eventual 2-1 defeat, however a couple of months later his 92nd minute penalty miss at Pittodrie left a rather more bitter taste in the mouth for the travelling Saints support.
Despite the inconsistent performances Andreu chipped in with six assists, the best at the club that season, and scored one more goal, this time a fine left foot effort at Easter Road to put Saints 2-0 up in February 2020. However, COVID-19 was on the horizon and Andreu played the last of 36 matches for Saints in March during the 1-0 defeat of Hearts and was released at the end of his contract in May.
Andreu would later sign for Ross County during the 2020-21 season but has been out of football since and presumed retired.
1. 14/09/2019 v Ross County (A)
2. 01/02/2020 v Hibs (A)