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Sunderland dropped clanger with Altidore

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Sunderland have had their fair proportion of switch successes and failures out there over time with cut price buys and big flops on Wearside.

Not each switch goes to work out completely with a mess of things deciding whether or not or not a signing finally ends up being a hit; together with how they adapt to life in England, how they match into the workforce’s set-up, how fortunate they’re with accidents, and the way they adapt to a change in administration, amongst different potential obstacles.

One participant the membership dropped a clanger with was the signing of Jozy Altidore from AZ Alkmaar in the summertime of 2013, for a reported payment within the area of £6m.

He was Paulo Di Canio’s sixth signing of that window and ended up being a “flop” – as he was dubbed by Sunderland Echo’s James Copley – on the Stadium of Mild as he struggled on the high finish of the pitch.

The ahead had arrived on the membership after a powerful spell within the Netherlands with Alkmaar. He had scored 51 objectives in 93 appearances for the Dutch facet previous to becoming a member of the Black Cats, together with 23 objectives in 33 Eredivisie begins within the 2012/13 marketing campaign.

With that eye-catching document, you might forgive Sunderland followers for anticipating to see a predatory, scientific, finisher in motion on Wearside in the course of the 2013/14 marketing campaign.

Was Altidore an enormous flop?




As an alternative, the supporters watched on as Altidore failed to supply a lot in the way in which of high quality within the closing third for Di Canio’s facet. He ended the season with one aim in 31 Premier League matches, averaging a WhoScored score of 6.45 – putting him twenty first within the squad.

The next season, the 115-cap USA worldwide performed 11 matches within the top-flight and was unable to provide a single aim or help as he averaged a WhoScored score of 6.15, which positioned him twenty fourth (out of 25) within the roster.

His disappointing shows on the pitch led to him being bought to MLS facet Toronto in January 2015 and he went on to attain 79 objectives in 173 matches for the Canadian outfit.

The striker ended his Sunderland profession with three objectives and eight assists in 52 appearances in all competitions, though solely a type of objectives and three of these assists got here in his 42 Premier League outings.

Which means that he value the membership £2m per aim, £6m per league aim, for the £6m they paid to signal him from AZ Alkmaar in the summertime of 2013.

Due to this fact, Di Canio dropped a clanger with the signing of Altidore as he was an costly flop who did not ship on the pitch for the Black Cats, each by way of the overall customary of his performances and his finish product.

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