USMNT striker Jozy Altidore has been rather unimpressive since joining Premier League outfit Sunderland, but he has been making progress in recent weeks.
Altidore started for the third straight time for Sunderland and worked a strong shift on the forward line. Even though he was unable to find the back of the net, he put constant pressure and contributed on the first goal as Gustavo Poyet’s men defeated Newcastle United 3-0 on the road.
The win completed Sunderland’s sweep of their arch-rivals for the first time in more than 45 years, and it was a statement win considering how good Sunderland has been playing recently. A lot of that can be accredited to Altidore’s performances. He hasn’t been lucky in front of the goal, but he has been delivering assists and building up the play up front.
Altidore’s flick in the 23rd minute set up Jack Colback, but the midfielder’s shot was deflected and the rebound fell to Adam Johnson, someone who is slowly recovering the form he had last season. He scored the second goal of the contest. Fabio Borini scored the first goal of the game, and Colback netted the final goal with 10 minutes left on the game.
The USMNT star wasn’t able to score on the best chance he had, a clear breakaway where he lost the duel against Tim Krul, but he was instrumental to his team’s win as Sunderland is slowly getting into form right when they need it.