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Is Jozy Altidore’s Premier League experiment nearly over?

Mar 9, 2014, 10:23 AM EDT

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Since February 15, Jozy Altidore has seen just 45 minutes of action for Sunderland – against Arsenal where he was subbed off at halftime.

With news today that Jozy Altidore was not only left out of the 18 against Hull City in Sunderland’s FA Cup journey, but also completely absent from the team bus, things are going from bad to worse for the American.

(Note: manager Gus Poyet revealed Altidore picked up an injury in training, explaining his absence)

Today marks the third time in as many cup competitions for Sunderland that Jozy has not only found himself not in the starting lineup, but out of the 18 altogether.

In his second attempt at making a name for himself in England’s top flight, it’s a dose of painful irony that the potential finishing blow to Altidore’s season comes against Hull City, the team he made his first attempt with.

Managing just one goal for Hull in 28 Premier League appearances and two in all competitions back in the 2009/10 season, things are looking eerily similar this season for the 24-year-old.

Namely, his goal tally – one in 24 Premier League appearances and two in all competitions. Sound familiar? See previous paragraph.

As a result, it would appear Gus Poyet’s patience with Altidore has run dry.

So, barring a miraculous late-season flurry of goals in their final 10 Premier League matches, he will finish with the same disappointing numbers he found himself stuck with four seasons ago.

Will that be the end of Jozy Altidore at Sunderland? The Telegraph‘s Luke Edwards seems to think so. It’s possible he could get himself another season at the Stadium of Light, but he would certainly have to earn it.

But remember – Kenwyne Jones somehow continues to find a job, and that in and of itself should give Jozy some hope.

  1. cartrasuma - Mar 9, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    I blame di Canio.

  2. sthomas173 - Mar 9, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Should probably just come to SKC where he can play with Zusi.

  3. jrocknstuff - Mar 9, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Altidore has never been the type of player that can do well with contact and make his own opportunities. He needs near perfect service. In the Netherlands nobody plays defense which is why he excelled. Things would most likely turn out the same way should Aron Johannson try his hand in England. However, Altidore does have the talent to lead a decent Eredivisie club to a Champions League spot like he did last year. I still believe that’s the best place for him. Maybe somewhere like Twente.

    • chunkala - Mar 9, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      I think its obvious that most don’t/won’t succeed when the make the journey to England. Jozy was so good for USA last year but he just looked terrible in the EPL this season.
      Is it still true that he’s never scored a goal off a header in his pro career?

      • bear06 - Mar 10, 2014 at 3:39 AM

        Luis Suarez highly disagrees with your comment.

    • bear06 - Mar 10, 2014 at 3:39 AM

      “Things would most likely turn out the same way should Aron Johannson try his hand in England.”

      No, it wouldn’t. Aron is smart enough not to go to a bad BPL club who create little service. Aron would succeed in the BPL if he goes to a good mid table club like Southampton where they do create good service, but I rather see him in the Bundesliga or La Liga because that’s where his playing style would fit in best.

  4. midtec2005 - Mar 9, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    I for one hope he stays. He will figure it out.

  5. newmanggrrr - Mar 9, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Jozy come back to Red Bulls in the summer! Makes perfect sense with Henry unlikely to extend his contract next year.

  6. mvktr2 - Mar 10, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    Jozy Altidore …. enigma.

  7. - Mar 10, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    hope he can hook up with another PL team but that’s probably unlikely because of his poor stats on this level.

  8. roccorusso - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    This is pretty lazy work. It

  9. roccorusso - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    This is pretty lazy work. It’s been days since we found out Jozy was sick and he probaby would have been given a chance to play in the cup game otherwise. No, Sunderland was clearly not a good fit for him but I doubt there is a good fit under sunderland’s current form and system. They’ll figure it out and Jozy will recover. He’s still a very good striker, he’s just having a hard time right now, get off his back.

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