Andrew Surman’s position in MK Dons’ midfield means he won’t be free-scoring, but it’s a role he’s happy to play for Russell Martin.
Sitting at the base of the Midfield, Surman’s often used as the transition between defence and attack.
He’s also rarely seen in the final third as Surman often drops into the defence to prevent counter-attacks.
His selflessness allows others in the team to do their jobs and know that the experienced Surman will always be back covering.
“It’s a key position because a lot of our play comes through us,” Surman told the local media. “It can be said for any player on the team though. If you can bring a calmness to the team it does help other players as they know we will keep it tight and be consistent.
“It’s something I’ve always tried to do in my career - we’ve had a lot of players doing well this season.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time here and its why I extended straight away because I enjoy it so much here. It’s been an easy transition for me though because of how we play, I’m used to it from my time at Bournemouth. It’s been an easy transition and having known Russ it’s been quicker for me to understand what he’s looking for.”
Surman received praise from Russell Martin following his performance on Tuesday evening with the Boss describing him as the best player on the pitch. The words of encouragement are welcomed by Surman – but he wants to continue to impress.
“It’s flattering and I’m honoured because I’ve so much respect for Russ – I didn’t realise he said it. I think throughout my career I’ve put the team first, I don’t play as an individual. The way I play isn’t’ the most glamourous, you’re not going to score a lot or get many assists. It’s a key component. I’ve been used to it my career, and I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s something I enjoy, I like the responsibility and I like that I can get on the ball a lot.