Jozy Altidore seemed ready to take on the world last summer. Fresh off a 31-goal season at AZ Alkmaar, and having just signed a record $13 million transfer to English Premier League side Sunderland, Altidore looked primed for a breakout year leading up to the 2014 World Cup. After tearing through CONCACAF opponents in the Hex, and even adding a U.S. national team hat trick on the road against Bosnia-Herzegovina, Altidore looked like he would head to England and give American fans the star striker they've long been hoping for.
Eight disappointing months, and two paltry goals later, Altidore's Sunderland move has been an abject failure, and instead of taking the English Premier League by storm, Altidore looks primed to leave the high-profile league after a truly forgettable season.
Sunderland has limped through an atrocious campaign, which should maybe have been expected after former manager Paolo Di Canio's early-season meltdown and departure got the Black Cats' season off to the worst possible start. Gus Poyet was hired as the team's new manager, and there was plenty of optimism going around once he took the job, but Poyet has done little to change Sunderland's doomed fate, and he has been unable to figure out how to fix the club's faltering attack.
It appears Poyet has grown tired of giving Altidore chances, and his decision to not only leave Altidore out of the match day squad against Tottenham last Monday, but to then play Altidore in Sunderland's Under-21 match against Tottenham on the same day looked every bit like an example of a manager that is tired of waiting for a player to figure things out.
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