Contrary to some reports, Jozy Alitdore did little to impress–once again–for Sunderland on Saturday during their 3-0 win at Newcastle United.
The USA striker has been a flop since arriving in the English Premier League in the summer, having scored just once in 20 games.
Many followers of the USMNT may been hoping that he’d become a man they can depend on, as he earns his wages in one of Europe’s top leagues. But his time in England has been nothing but a series of bad to average performances and a total lack of confidence.
This was evident once again on Saturday. But his low confidence which has come from a lack of goals, clearly affect his performance. Altidore had the chance to either at least get a shot away, or go around Tim Krul, but he effectively crossed his wires and gifted the ball back to the advancing Krul.
It’s easy to come across as simply shaming Altidore, but it’s simple — he hasn’t been impressive. He is only in his first season in England, so time to adjust is acceptable. But chances like the ones he had on Saturday are the type that you have to take when you are offering or creating little else. He did offer a flick to help the move for Adam Johnson‘s goal, but as a striker who is supposed to find the target, he has been failing. The impressive Sunderland win really did not have much to do with him in fairness.
For Jurgen Klinsmann‘s USMNT, he is still a decent option to have, but little fear will be felt among the opponents when Altidore’s name is read on the team sheet.