Jun 29, 2013, 4:28 PM EST
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.
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.
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.
Dec 10, 2013, 11:20 PM EST
Relax – the LA Galaxy and U.S. national team’s all-time leading scorer isn’t going anywhere:
Dec 10, 2013, 10:31 PM EST
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Dec 10, 2013, 10:00 PM EST
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Dec 10, 2013, 8:41 PM EST
There aren’t many Champions League goal scorers among U.S. internationals, past or present:
Dec 10, 2013, 7:52 PM EST
Manchester United on the right side of a 1-0; Bayern Munich on the wrong end of a two-goal comeback.
Dec 10, 2013, 7:10 PM EST
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Dec 10, 2013, 6:30 PM EST
Just in time for FIFA’s Ballon d’Or, Ronaldo has blessed the soccer world with one more achievement:
Dec 10, 2013, 5:48 PM EST
Eight teams have booked their places in the knockout rounds, while three clubs got their tickets to Europa League.
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Dec 10, 2013, 5:20 PM EST
He wanted a team that imposed rather than reacted – tactically AND in mental approach. Good thing after what happened Friday:
Dec 10, 2013, 5:00 PM EST
Saying that Dimitar Berbatov has been underwhelming this season would be kind.
Dec 10, 2013, 4:51 PM EST
Manchester City’s comeback from two down gives Pellegrini his first win over Guardiola, though Bayern still claim Group D.
Dec 10, 2013, 4:33 PM EST
The 1-0 win will help vent some of the mounting pressure off David Moyes and his men, at least for now:
Dec 10, 2013, 3:50 PM EST
Tuesday’s match in Istanbul was suspended after 31 minutes when a flash hail storm halted Galatasaray-Juventus.
Dec 10, 2013, 3:02 PM EST
There was a time at Toronto when Frei stood out among the best of Major League Soccer goalkeepers:
Dec 10, 2013, 2:25 PM EST
What a weekend it was in the Barclays Premier League. Here’s the Team of the Week:
Dec 10, 2013, 12:57 PM EST
The 37-year-old leaves a legacy that includes a MLS Cup championship in 2010, nine MLS All-Star appearances and two World Cups.
Dec 10, 2013, 11:47 AM EST
If they decide to build a new home for the Blaugrana it’s expected to cost in the region of $412 million.
Dec 10, 2013, 10:11 AM EST
“We have an agreement to extend the loan for an extra year if Barcelona don’t need Deulofeu,” Martinez admitted following the draw at the Emirates.
Dec 10, 2013, 8:32 AM EST
The Anderlecht man attributed the diagnosis to growing up in California where the sun shines strong throughout the year.
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