US international Jozy Altidore heading to the Bundesliga in January?
Following his horror miss for Sunderland in their 1-1 draw with West Ham on Saturday, Jozy Altidore’s career in the Premier League hit a new all-time low.
Now, according to reports from the Sunderland Echo, Altidore’s adventure in England could be over.
Bundesliga side Werder Bremen are apparently interested in taking Altidore on loan in January with a view to a permanent deal in the summer, while other teams such as French side Lille remain in the running to move for the U.S. international striker. Bremen are currently second from bottom in the Bundesliga and only striker Franco Di Santo has scored more than two goals so far this season.
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Talking about goals, Altidore hasn’t scored in the PL for over a year and has scored just twice in 69 appearances in England’s top-flight. Those stats don’t make for pretty reading but his form for the USMNT and his all-round play for Sunderland suggests that Altidore has the tools to get things back on track in Europe. He is a threat with his pace, power and clever hold up play but his finishing is letting him down. Big time.
After he missed from four-yards out against West Ham at the Stadium of Light last weekend, you saw a striker devoid of confidence and Altidore has been widely criticized by the English media for his performances for Sunderland since arriving in England for $13 million last summer.
The former New York Red Bulls starlet has started Sunderland’s last two games after not starting in a single PL game all season up until that point. Earlier this year Altidore said that he would have to move on in January if he wasn’t playing for Sunderland, however now he’s getting games he has to start hitting the back of the net.
Interestingly, Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has stuck by Altidore through the bad times but following the Mackems’ 10th draw out of 15 games this season he stated that they need to buy a new striker in January. They doesn’t bode well for Altidore at all.