Soccer: Jozy to Sunderland

Submitted by superstringer on July 5th, 2013 at 6:04 PM

American forward Jozy Altidore is being transferred from AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch league to Sunderland in the Premier league.  Reportedly Sunderland runs a 4-4-2 so he'll be paired on top.

Hope he gets lots of playing time -- he had all of it at Alkmaar, but will have to prove himself at Sunderland.

(For non-soccer fans, Joze is one of the national team's very best players and a rising star; his transfer back into England for his professional club hopefully bodes well for his development, just like our goalkeepers as well as Clint Dempsey.  This has been a long-rumored transfer, and it's great to see it came through.  I hope.  If he doesn't get playing time, well...)

Comments

turtleboy

July 5th, 2013 at 6:39 PM ^

This should be a good fit for Jozy. He'll match up with Fletcher and hopefully even better with Wickham, and they have a decent midfield, and facilitators like Bardsley, Sessegnon, and Adam Johnson to feed him the ball. A nice segue into the EPL.

bacon1431

July 5th, 2013 at 8:15 PM ^

Should do well with Fletcher. And if he can establish himself there won't be as big a drop off when Fletcher inevitably gets injured. Hurt us when he was at Wolves

dth

July 5th, 2013 at 8:29 PM ^

Low-table EPL? Hard to see how he'll develop there. Hoping no longballs for days, but ughhh. 
 

Would've strongly preferred a Germany or Italy move. 

bluewoody

July 5th, 2013 at 9:11 PM ^

I thought Sunderland was going to go for daimao of Brasil. Jozy will learn quite a bit from DiCanio. I'm a Hammer and am dreaming of the day DiCanio returns to west ham. COYI

the bee train

July 5th, 2013 at 10:46 PM ^

I was hoping for Swansea. The missing piece for that team is a striker and, if they get a good one, they'll challenge for a top five finish this season. Mark it dude.

SmackJack

July 6th, 2013 at 1:27 AM ^

Jozy under Paulo DiCano seems like a disaster. It's weird because Jozy is a level-headed striker and DiCano has a fiery personality.. Up the Chels. Forza Lazio. Irriducibli.

chatster

July 6th, 2013 at 2:15 AM ^

Paolo Di Canio, the volatile Italian who has a tattoo of Benito Mussolini on his back and has proudly said he's "a fascist, not a racist," does not seem like the best fit for Jozy Altidore. 

Long-time Arsenal fans well remember the incident in 1998 when Di Canio, playing for Sheffield Wednesday, pushed a referee to the ground after he was sent off.

While it's great to have Jozy Altidore back in the Premiership, we can only hope that he'll have no conflicts with his manager.