Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore is desperate to end his goal drought and admits to a loss of confidence.
The American has just one Premier League goal since his summer move to the Black Cats and told the Sunderland Echo about his form in front of goal.
“I demand more of myself. I’m freezing up in front of goal lately and it’s difficult," he admitted. "The confidence or quick-thinking isn’t there. I’m over-thinking things a little bit.”
Despite the drastic improvement in Sunderland’s performances since the arrival of Gus Poyet, the 24-year-old’s struggle to find the net has continued, highlighted during Sunderland’s derby win at Newcastle.
With his team already two up, Altidore had the chance to kill the game when one on one with Tim Krul, opting to try and round the Dutch keeper, allowing the stopper to pinch the ball of his toes.
He continued: “Thinking about it now, I should have taken a touch and shot because he came out so quick, I’m over-thinking things at the moment, but I would like to get back in the goals definitely.”
Altidore was signed from AZ Alkmaar, where he scored 31 times last season, but says there is a difference to playing in the Premier League compared with Holland.
“That’s one thing which is different because in Holland, the whole team is designed to play for you, to look for you always," the striker added. "In England, it’s not so much like that. You have to get used to helping the team in other ways and I’m getting used to doing that.”
Adam Johnson is Sunderland’s top scorer with nine goals, scoring against Newcastle at the weekend, and Altidore is grateful he’s taken some pressure of his shoulders.
The 24-year-old concluded: “Guys like Adam are having to pick up the slack which is great. We need that, because down the road, we need as many scorers as possible to get points.”
The Sunderland forward will be hoping to get his second Premier League goal of the season when Hull visit the Stadium of Light this weekend.
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