Jozy Altidore again highlights Sunderland dilemma

Jozy Altidore
Jozy Altidore

JOZY ALTIDORE has reiterated that he may have to consider his future at Sunderland, if his involvement remains limited.

The Sunderland striker continued his fine goal return on the international stage after netting for the 24th time in USA colours last night, in a 1-1 draw against Honduras.

His form for the USA provides a stark contrast to his fortunes for the Black Cats, with Altidore’s strike in last month’s Capital One Cup defeat to Stoke City ending a nine-month goal drought on the domestic stage.

Altidore has been an unused substitute in Sunderland’s subsequent two outings, with the 24-year-old yet to start in the Premier League this season.

That prompted the frontman to admit last week that he would have to contemplate his club situation in the January transfer window, and he echoed those comments last night.

“(I have to do) the same thing I have always been doing, keep plugging away and try to take my chances when they come,” he told mlssoccer.com.

“It is not easy, obviously, but it is what it is, the situation I am in.

“I have nothing negative to say about Sunderland – I like being there, I like the fans, I enjoy the coach, I have a lot of good friends there.

“It is just about making it work and if not, then looking elsewhere.”

USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann, who has previously stressed the importance of his players competing regularly for their clubs, hopes Altidore can take the boost from his goal last night back to Wearside.

“The best medicine you can get as a striker is scoring goals,” said Klinsmann.

“Having him back scoring is huge for his confidence, it is good for us as well obviously and hopefully he takes that energy with him back to the Premier League and gets a couple of goals there as well.”