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Jozy Aldiore expresses his wish for another shot at the Premier League

Jun 29, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

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After a disappointing loan spell with Hull City in the 2009/10 season, many thought Jozy Altidore was a Premier League bust.

The striker, then just 20 years old, scored a single goal in 28 appearances.  16 of those were starts, but he made it the full 90 minutes in just three of those.

Now, with his stock as high as it’s ever been and rumors flying left and right about where he’ll play next season, he’s made it clear he wants another shot in England.

And this time he knows it will be different.

“I have come a long way since then. I am almost a different player and I have learned a lot” Altidore told the Chronicle.  “It is a fantastic league, anyone will tell you that. If you look at everything, the Premier League is probably the biggest league in the world. Everybody knows that and it would be a pleasure to play in a league like that again.”

Sunderland are the English club most publicly after his signature, but other than speculation nothing has been made known involving his final whereabouts.

(MORE: Sunderland in for Jozy Altidore?)

Depending on AZ Alkmaar’s willingness to sell, it’s been said he could leave for a bid in the range of £4-7 million ($6-10.6 million).  That’s a relatively steep price for a young striker with just one outstanding season and an ugly Premier League past.  However, the key for Altidore is he’s improved with every passing year, and if his performances with the national team say anything, it’s that he can play on multiple stages.

AZ are looking to sell a number of players, but if some leave that could mean others would become more valuable for them to hold onto and make attempt to make another run at the KNVB Cup.

(MORE: AZ Alkmaar to sell second-leading goalscorer – what does this mean for Jozy Altidore?)

Much depends on the attitude of his current club, but clearly Jozy would relish an opportunity to prove the naysayers wrong – if there are any left after this summer – and succeed where he failed a few years ago.

  1. talgrath - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    Altidore has certainly shown that he could be electric in what is, arguably, the biggest and most important soccer league in the world. There’s really only two leagues that could possibly pay what is a high price that AZ is asking for, EPL and La Liga. Spain seems unlikely to be interested, so that leaves the EPL. Sunderland makes a lot of sense, they need offensive firepower.

  2. jucam1 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Hands down the MOST overrated player on the planet, it’s cute when scores goals against mediocre Dutch competition, and hysterical when people praise him for scoring goals against power house teams like Jamaica, Panama, and Trinidad…. If I were any team in the EPL I wouldn’t come near this guy, he is just not capable of playing in a real league…. I’m always blown away that this guy gets acclaim but a guy like Bradley who IS capable if playing with the big boys gets over looked

    • midtec2005 - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      His improvement is obvious, your position makes no sense. Especially considering that they never played Trinidad… but he did score against Germany recently.

      And Bradley does get acclaim, but he isn’t the one transferring and he already plays for a big club.

  3. hulldaz - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Well time has past in the world of football !
    Hull city are back in the premier league and it looks like Jozy Altidore is returning also ?
    As a young player he looked like he would offer so much yet delivered so little ….
    Now Sunderland are proposing a move for the big American striker but is he worth the gamble ? If they do bring him to England will his record match his exploits of that in holland ? I doubt that he will have an easy time of it but who knows what he can bring to the table ?
    If he sets the league alight and proves himself his stock will rise but if he fails ? Then I’m afraid it’s time for him to settle in the lesser league of Europe ….

  4. jucam1 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    You obviously don’t know what you are talking about, how about you let the adults talk about footie and stop commenting…. This guy is way overrated, and I would detail all of the reasons why he isn’t close to being fit enough to play in a real league but you wouldn’t understand because you have your US rose colored glasses and clearly aren’t educated enough in the game to see what everyone outside the US and educated US fans see

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