Jozy Altidore’s time in the Premier League with Sunderland is not getting any easier, and the USA forward is struggling to see anywhere near enough game time.
The 24-year-old has scored just one league goal in 33 appearances for the Black Cats since returning to England in the summer of 2013, following a loan spell at Hull earlier in his career.
His incredible form in the Dutch Eredivisie with AZ Alkmaar saw Sunderland move for him in July 2013, but he is now looking at moving elsewhere to ensure that he remains an integral part of Jurgen Klinsmann’s USMNT squad.
“I thought I’ve done everything I could this season to come in as fit as possible with the injury [suffered at the World Cup] and try to make an impact when I’ve played.
“But, like I said, this four years I want to be part of the national team.
“Jurgen makes his message very clear, nobody is different, so if it doesn’t turn around, then in January I’ll be looking to start elsewhere and make sure that I’m in his plans.”
Altidore could return to Major League Soccer, as several USMNT stars have done in the past year, with Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones all moving back to the United States to play in the rapidly-growing MLS.
There would be no shortage of interested parties if Altidore were to make the switch to MLS, and a return to former side New York Red Bulls could well be on the cards, as Thierry Henry is looking likely to call time on his playing career at the end of the current season.
The powerful forward needs to ensure that he remains the first-choice striker for the USMNT, and what better way than to return to Major League Soccer before the new season starts in March.
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