USA international Jozy Altidore had an excellent season for Dutch side AZ Alkmaar.

The 2009 Eredivisie winners AZ finished in a disappointing 10th position in the league and had a horrible campaign altogether, but Altidore was the Dutch club's one shining light, scoring 31 goals across all competitions.

Scoring goals in the Eredivisie is not the same as scoring goals in Premier League. The striker himself had a horrible time in Premier League back in the 2009/10 season as a 19-year-old teenager. He was part of the Hull City team which was relegated at the end of season.

Altidore finished that season with just one goal in 28 Premier League appearances. The performances weren't as horrible as the stat suggest, but the pundits concluded that the teenager found it hard to meet the Premier League's demands.

The forward returned to Villarreal afterwards and continued to explore other options before finally finding his home in the Netherlands.

In his two seasons with the Dutch club, the forward has amassed 51 goals and he has developed into an all-round striker. His experiences across the continent have helped him to fine tune his abilities and he is looking forward to establish himself as a top striker.

Altidore has 60 caps to his name already, establishing himself as the USA’s top striker. His 17 goals at international level prove that he has come of age.

After his recent goalscoring exploits, there is no wonder that Premier League clubs are interested in him again.

Sunderland, who are in the middle of reshaping their squad, have been linked with the powerful striker.

Altidore has made himself open to a Premier League return after hailing it as "the biggest league in the world".

"It is a fantastic league, anyone will tell you that," Altidore told NASN. "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."

With Sunderland in the lookout for a striker and Altidore ready to prove himself in Premier League, fans can expect the American international to make waves in his second attempt.


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