Since joining Sunderland, US forward Jozy Altidore has come in for criticism from fans on Wearside but the back in his home country he’s heralded as an “Ace.”
A year ago Altidore had scored11 goals for Dutch side AZ Alkmaar but so far at Sunderland he’s scored only once and provided the Premier League with perhaps the 'Miss of the Season' after skying a rebound less than a yard from net.
All this while managing to bag US Player of the Year - so what is Jozy Altidore?
Many Sunderland fans have praised his work rate but with a total of six assists and two goals since joining the Black Cats five months ago is a slump a defender would be reluctant to be on, and with Sunderland struggling to cope in the league Jozy has to snap out of it and help them mount a charge up the league.
But in the same time Altidore has scored three in three for the US Mens National Team, and helped in their preparation for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
So where does the problem lie? Is it squarely on the head of a generally underwhelming Sunderland, having only scored 15 in 20 games while conceding 33?
Technically speaking Sunderland’s top scorer is own goals with nearly double that of actual top scorer Steven Fletcher.
Is it the superior quality of the US National team? Well considering they’re ranked 14th in the world yet the Premier League is thought by many to be the best league in the world how can they?
Sunderland spent nearly £25 million on players over the summer and despite losing key players in goal and attacking midfield, it seemed as though they had managed to replace them.
So what is Jozy Altidore, is he a top striker or is he a Premier League flop? Well naturally the Premier League is a large jump up from the Dutch league but national football is supposed to be a step above even that, and he seemingly carried the US team throughout.
So calling him a flop may be jumping the gun but Sunderland fans and the US Men’s National team will expect a big step up sooner rather than later when it comes to the strikers form heading into the World Cup.
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