Jozy Altidore has not been able to find his feet in the Premier League since his move from AZ Alkmaar last summer.
His form for Sunderland is a polar opposite to that of his performances for the United States national team where he leads the forward line with conviction and is a key part of what Jurgen Klinsmann does with the Stars and Stripes.
But Altidore cannot even find the field at the Stadium of Light and has today revealed that he will be looking to leave the North East of England in the January transfer window if manager Gus Poyet doesn't change things soon.
"I thought I’ve done everything I could this season to come in as fit as possible with the injury and try to make an impact when I’ve played,” Altidore said to reporters ahead of USA's match against Ecuador.
“But like I said this four years I want to be part of the national team. Jurgen makes his message very clear, nobody is different, so if it doesn’t turn around then in January I’ll be looking to start elsewhere and make sure that I’m in his plans,” he added.
Bored as a Backup
Altidore has so far made just six appearances across all competitions in his second season for the Black Cats, scoring once against Stoke in the league cup. He know finds himself as the third choice forward in Poyet's plans behind Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham, both of whom scored at the weekend as Sunderland grabbed three points.
Despite all this, the 24-year-old captained the USMNT in their last game, a friendly against the Czech Republic in Prague in September that the Americans won 1-0.
One very realistic option for the striker would be return to Major League Soccer, where he has not played since 2008 with the New York Red Bulls.
With the Red Bulls almost certainly losing Thierry Henry to retirement, Altidore could potentially fill a rather large hole right there. What seems more likely though is a move to the Red Bulls cross town rivals New York City FC.
Already boasting the likes of Frank Lampard and David Villa, the blue side of the Big Apple have one Designated Player spot remaining, and having recently acquired the number one spot in the MLS Allocation Order, would have dibs if Altidore did decide to return home.