New Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore is confident that the club's fans will have a team to be proud of this season, but warned them it may take time before they hit their full potential.
Altidore is one of nine new arrivals at the Stadium of Light this summer, with manager Paolo Di Canio keen to stamp his mark on the team as he prepares for his first full campaign in charge of the Black Cats.
And with the US international set to lead the line for his new club, he feels the Sunderland fans will soon have lots to be happy about.
“I think the supporters should be excited but patient,” Altidore told the Journal. “A lot of the guys we’ve bought in have come from a lot of different football cultures and different styles.
"The Premier League is famous for being a fast-paced and exciting league and it will take an adjustment, for sure. They should be patient about that, but it’s right they’re excited because I think this is a team they can be proud of.
“At the same time you can never replicate a league game. We’ll need the league games and a certain number of them to make sure that we really get our feet under the table.
“Guys who’ve come from Switzerland, Portugal, Italy – it’s a different league and they will need their time to get used to what it is like playing in the Premier League. From there on I think they will bring out their own qualities."
The 23-year-old is no stranger to the Premier League - thanks to his spell at Hull City in 2009/10, where he featured 28 times in the club's relegation campaign.
Despite a disappointing season, where he finished with just one goal, the striker was in fine form in for AZ Alkmaar last term as he netted 31 times for the Dutch side, before scoring in four consecutive internationals back in June.
Sunderland continue their intensive pre-season schedule as they fly to Denmark tomorrow morning, ahead of their opening league game against Fulham on August 17.
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