USA boss Klinsmann set for scouting trip to watch Sunderland’s Jozy Altidore

Jozy Altidore
Jozy Altidore

USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann is due to make a personal check on Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore this weekend.

Altidore has been in lethal form for his country during 2013 after setting an American national team record of scoring in five consecutive internationals.

But the £6million summer signing is yet to find the net in the Premier League for the Black Cats, with his only Sunderland goal coming in August’s Capital One Cup victory over MK Dons.

Klinsmann will check on Altidore’s fortunes when he makes a scouting trip to the Stadium of Light on Sunday for the visit of Manchester City.

But despite his lean streak, Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has no concerns over Altidore’s form after seeing the 24-year-old have a hand in both goals during last night’s League Cup victory over Southampton.

Poyet said: “Jozy played a big part in the first goal, it was a good strong downward header, he was in the right place.

“To be honest, I was expecting Jozy to score in there because it would be great for him to get a goal.

“But it was a great header and the goalkeeper made a great save, but luckily for us Phil (Bardsley) followed the ball and put it in.

“The second goal, which was key to the game, another striker might have thought about himself and had a shot but Jozy thought about the team and set up Seb Larsson, so he deserves credit for that.

“Not many people would do that in the same situation.

“I know plenty – and I have played with plenty – of strikers who, in that situation, would have a shot.

“They don’t care about anything but themselves.

“So I am very pleased for him and we need to be really happy about what he has done for us.”

The Sunderland boss added: “Overally, the more he contributes and the more we play, the more chances he will get.

“Last night, with the header, was probably the first clear chance he has had since I have been here.

“He will get goals.”