Jozy Altidore: A Place To Call Home

A few weeks are all that separate Hull City from a move southward to the Championship circuit. Mired in an awful slump that claimed points they should have had–an unbearable beatdown at home by relegation cohort Burnley perhaps the most foul–the Tigers are a mess as are their finances.

TSG bids adieu--sniffle--to the beloved City tiger.

The quandary over where Jozy Altidore plays next season while less messy is not simple either.

From learning to earn a spot, playing at the highest level league in the world and improving his “hold-up ability,” it’s hardly a debate that Altidore gained valuable experience at Hull City and is a better player for it.

Remember, he could have been relegated to Villarreal B team appearances this year.

Here’s what’s known:

• Altidore went to Hull City this year on the lease-with-an-option-to-buy plan. The buy component approximately $6.5M GBP. As the pound has weakened during the dollar this year, at the time that was approximately $10M+ USD and is now closer to $9.75M USD.

• Before Saturday’s Sunderland game, Hull City’s chairman Adam Pearson issued a statement saying two things in reference to his team’s finances:

1) The club is $35M in debt with $25M owed to banks. The other $10M is owed players and agents which makes it difficult to deal with the premium of those lots. Hull also has been the beneficiary of so-called “parachute” payments–in they’ve received further payments from the football association in advance.

2) The club’s “wages” bill is $40M and Pearson is aiming to get that close to $15M in the Championship with relegation a near certainty.

• Villarreal and Jozy’s situation…here’s what I know about the loaner and I welcome further insights from experts:

1) Villarreal purchased the US striker from Red Bull for $10M US.

2) Villarreal look somewhat set up top with the starting duo of American-born Guisseppi Rossi (8 goals on the campaign) and Brazilian national and up-and-comer Nilmar (10 goals) backed by 30-year-old Joseba Llorente, who has produced 7 goals in 25 appearances and is also signed to Villarreal thru 2012. Llorente is the holding striker among the three.

Young Argentine Marco Ruben rounds out the front four.

If you remember from Jozy’s brief time at Villarreal his appearances were usually in relief of Llorente who is still a contributor as a back-up.

3) Because of JZA’s Haitian ancestry and due to the Kolpak ruling, Altidore does not count as a non-EU player–La Liga allows three per team. (Altidore has a work permit in the UK through 2010.)

4) Villarreal has only transferred out players to another La Liga squad or the Premiership over the past 2.5 years. The Castellón-based club has not sent a player to any other league.

Okay, so we’ve got the boring facts out of the way. What is TSG’s take?

Will JZA regret his last appearance in the Hull City kit?

First, let’s not expect Altidore to head back to Hull City. (Odds? 1000 to 1)

Hull is going to need and want a striker that can produce for a quick return to the Premiership–Jozy’s not that guy–he still needs work.

Even if they did want Altidore, Hull City can’t afford him on their target budget given the transfer fee.

Finally here, say Hull wanted to buy Altidore and then loan him out for year with the hope they’d return to top level soccer and bring back the American, it’s a risky gambit….for Hull. The club would need to foot that bill and then do the hard work of loaning out Jozy and negotiating on the fee from a position of weakness–all teams would know they couldn’t possibly afford Big Jeezy for the full year.

Second, Villarreal holds the cards, but….(50 to 1 to stay at Villarreal)

New Jersey man Rossi likely won't be welcoming Altidore back...

You’ve got two things in Jozy’s favor in a return to the yellow submarine: his friendship with Giuseppi Rossi and the age of striker Joseph Llorente, but that’s probably it.

Villarreal–should the reports be true–put virtually no premium on a Hull City purchase of Jozy in August of last year. They purchased Jozy for $10M and–again should reports be correct–were looking just to make even money back. That doesn’t sound like a club that wants a player; it sounds like a club that wants to rid itself of a player.

Further Altidore’s style of play and his need to improve his technical ability is something that would be exposed on the pitch at El Madrigal.

The better question may be….what can Villarreal fetch for Jozy if they don’t want him? Will Villarreal merely hold on to the 20-year-old if they can’t get a transfer fee that is acceptable? I think they’ll move him; either on a year-loan or permanently at this point.

Third, so what is Altidore worth and who can and wants to afford him?

Loaded question here and we’ll try to deconstruct in a coherent manner

First, perhaps more than any other American  in 2010, Altidore’s World Cup may be the biggest determinant in where he plays club ball thereafter. Jozy’s exposure positive or negative will determine the number and willingness of suitors to make him their own.

Remember Altidore’s last full transfer in 2008 from Red Bull to was sought out by the Wasserman group that controlled his rights at the time not vice versa.

The positive for Jozy? Youth, top level league soccer experience, and his U.S. affiliation.

The negatives? Maturity (is he ready to step in and start for my club immediately?), his U.S. passport, and perhaps the financials.

Let’s look at some parallel transfers from the past few years just for a little perspective:

January 2010: Michel (MF) (Age: 24): Sporting Lisbon to Birmingham ($3M)

September 2009: Tuncay Sanli (ST) (Age:28): Middlesborough to Stoke City ($5M)

September 2009: Darren Bent (ST) (Age: 26): Tottenham to Sunderland ($10M)

July 2009: Peter Crouch (ST) (Age: 29): Portsmouth to Tottenham ($9M)

December 2004: Didier Drogba (ST) (Age: 26): Marseille to Chelsea ($24M)

This man--with 19 goals in 35 pitch visits for Marseille--commanded $24M in 2004.

The aforementioned list tells us merely that unless you’re going to a top Champion’s League club after you’ve already produced your transfer fee as a striker is probably $10M or less.

Our best guess? Given Jozy’s need to improve his technical game, the familiarity of opposing managers now with his game and his stated desire to remain in England, I only see Altidore transferring to a Premiership side, at least at this point.

And a quick note before we get started on teams, each team that we’ve listed below except one that we will denote has a relationship through at least one player with James Grant Sports Management, the agency that manages Jozy Altidore

Where We’d Like To See Him Go:

Aston Villa (20 to 1)

Here’s what we wrote in a hypothetical column in March on ideal destination for Jozy:

In Emile Heskey and John Carew, Villa have a 32-year-old and a 31-year-old in the target or big striker role. Both, along with third stringer Maron Harewood (on-loan and 31) have battled countless injuries over the past year.

Altidore is the direct opposite, younger and less injury prone.

Additionally, Altidore would slip in quite nicely next to the zippy Gaby Agbonlahor up top and true wide man and crosser extraordinaire Ashley Young on the left.

Next, with two Americans (Friedel and Guzan) on their senior and a third (Eric Lichaj) likely coming, Aston Villa (with American owner Randy Lerner) would vie for mass public support from the Americans.

Where May He Go:

Everton: (5 to 1)

Will Everton be feeding the Jeezy or feeding the Yak in 2011?

C’mon, this is too storybook, right? Possibly, but let’s look at some of the factors that point to Goodison as a great landing pad.

1) Everton has become new America FC East with the likes of Landon’s loan, Howard, Peterlin and Cody Arnoux.

2) It doesn’t stop there. Incredibly, Altidore would be the third US striker to take the pitch for the Toffees (Joe Max Moore, Brian McBride)

3) Everton seem to always take a shot at a tier 2 strikers that can be had cheaper because they’ve got a stain or the team their on is compromised. (See: Jo now at Galatasary)

4) The concern of Yakubu Aiyengbeni’s health. After becoming Everton’s highest dollar signing ever for Everton back in 2007 ($11.5M), Yakubu ruptured his achilles tendon in the 08-09 campaign, Yakubu has subbed in nearly twice as many games as he’s started for the Toffees this year and hasn’t really regained his form prior to the injury. At 27, is the Yak still the answer in the middle for David Moyes?

Sparing the glory pairing with Donovan and given David Moyes dedication to a hub striker–where Louis Saha has played for most of this year–Altidore’s game, pedigree, and price tag would seem a great fit at Goodison.

Birmingham: (10 to 1)

Will Alex McLeish be commanding Jozy's every move?

At first blush, Jozy Altidore at Birmingham sounds strange. The recently promoted team that has excelled in the Premiership this season is a relatively quick passing team that relies on getting behind the defense for goals or manufacturing goals from linking up the middle primarily through Scottish stalwart James McFadden.

However, Altidore would be a nice addition to Birmingham’s striker quiver. Equadorian Cristian Benitez’s skillset–and size–harkens comparisons to a Jermain Defoe, Jason Roberts, or Charlie Davies. Cameron Jerome is big and plays somewhat big at 6’1” but he’s not a holding striker by any means, more in the realm of a very poor man’s Emanuel Adebayor.

What makes me think Birmingham is a contender is they were in play for Tottenham’s Roman Pavlyuchenko up until the close of the January window and Alex McLeish and team love a deal.

I could see them making  a swoop here.

Fulham: (15 to 1)

This is going to be a popular choice for many as “the other American club.”

You’ve got Clint and you’ve got the relationship to US players from the past in Carlos Bocanegra and Brian McBride. What a way to follow a legacy for Altidore than to go to the club where McBride is practically a saint.

I’m not sure I see it though for a few reasons.

Zamora: Shh...don't say the "A" word....

First, Bobby Zamora has found his scoring stroke this year….and he’s also extremely temperamental. Do you really want to bring in a player who is going to want to push Zamora for his playing time?

Second, Fulham loves to trap up the field. Granted, this isn’t a Zamora strong suit either, but the offensive zone trap is not Altidore’s strong suit either.

Finally, thrifty Fulham brought in Stefana Okaka through the end of this campaign and maybe longer. They have perennial back-up Diomansy Kamara out on loan to Celtic and promising, and 6’1”, Dutch 19-year-old Danny Hoesen out on loan.

So it’s possible, I just like some of the other candidates better.

Other possibilities:

Racing Santander (30 to 1): Just about the only La Liga side I can see Altidore going to. Santander’s got goal scoring problems. They sport some nice young midfielders like Sergio Canales Madrazo–you’ll hear about him in 2014–but no striker to hold up the ball and lay off to them.

Streaky Meme Tchite is their leading striker this year with 8 buckets, but the rest of the forwards are a collection of munchkins and converted midfielders.

Santander also frequently deals with Villarreal in the transfer market.

Blackburn (40 to 1): They could use just about anything to somehow transform the most boring attack in the Premiership.

PSV Eindhoven: A top squad in the Dutch Eridivisie which is just about the only other league I could see Altidore going to. I only pick PSV because of the past US players that graced their pitch (DaMarcus Beasley, Lee Nguyen).

Dark Horse

Manchester City: (75 to 1)

What do you think is more likely–that Manchester City playing Champion’s League ball in ’10-’11 or that Altidore is on the squad for it?

Sounds crazy I know, but I wouldn’t put anything past the Citizen’s ownership, especially their fondness for stockpiling strikers.

A few reasons that this highly unlikely deal might go down.

Money. Manchester City needs to extend their fan base beyond Europe. We just learned that their headed to NYC for some exhibition against Tottenham and others later this year. What better way to extend a fanbase than to hire a striker from the U.S.

Beat ‘em, join ‘em. Altidore’s best game this year? His demolishing of the Manchester City backline.

Finally, Roque Santa Cruz has been injured and is not the answer as the target man up top. Adebayor is more a slasher; Tevez more of a pinball.

I will be celebrating somewhere...

What about slotting in Altidore up top with Tevez’s runs off him from behind and Adam Johnson, Craig Bellamy or Adebayor coming in on the wings. Works for me.

Manchester City does not have any players–that we can tell–represented by Jozy’s agency.

Conclusion:

All of the analysis above as well as Jozy Altidore’s final destination is highly dependent on his World Cup 2010 performance.

Assuming an “average” performance by Altidore, you’ll likely see him still in the Premiership next year and if I had to place the bet I would go with Everton.

TSG’s preference? Aston Villa or Birmingham, but really we just want some consistent service and playing time for the pride of the USMNT.

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37 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Greg on 2010/04/25 at 10:04 PM

    Interesting read. By the way Darren Bent transfered to Sunderland not Stoke.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/25 at 10:15 PM

      Thanks and sorry for the edit. We’re still looking for that Arizona or UCLA female intern over here to do the proofreading.

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  2. I would love to see him at any of those EPL clubs where he might actually get some service to finish.

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  3. Posted by 723FootballFilms on 2010/04/25 at 10:12 PM

    Aston Villa or Everton would be awesome.

    I have 2 dream scenarios for him after the World Cup:

    1. Hamburg signs Jozy and keeps Eljero Elia. That team would pack a ton of young talent.

    2. Jozy is signed by Fulham and becomes their #1 striker option. Fulham is a great club with great fans. He’d be a great fit there.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/25 at 10:14 PM

      I think Zamora is the man at Fulham as he is finally coming through.

      Hamburg’s not a bad option. In terms of Villarreal, they just haven’t shopped their much recently so I left out the Bundesliga.

      I would absolutely love to see Jozy at Aston Villa…I don’t think it happens but I think that’s the best fit. Both Carew and Heskey are so frequently injured that it makes sense to get ride of one of them and bring in a youngster.

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      • Posted by 723FootballFilms on 2010/04/25 at 10:57 PM

        Forgot about Zamora although some big teams could come calling for him. That could leave a space for Jozy.

        Villa or Everton would be ideal.

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  4. Posted by scweeb on 2010/04/25 at 10:13 PM

    This question i think is plaguing every bodies mind after today’s HULL game. So lets hope JZ puts one amazing performance during the WC to get him in to a good club.

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  5. Posted by Blazindw on 2010/04/25 at 10:20 PM

    Other possibles, in my mind:

    EPL – Newcastle, Bolton, Wolves, Stoke, Blackburn
    La Liga – Almeria, Real Zaragoza, Deportivo La Coruna

    All of these teams need scoring, and they play the type of soccer that, in my mind, Jozy can learn and grow as a striker. I don’t expect Newcastle to have problems staying up next year, and Stoke seems to avoid the drop despite having their top scorers only net 4 goals this season. These teams will also give him the on-field experience he needs, because Jozy needs constant playing time to get on a roll. Once he’s on that roll, that’s all he needs to stay hot.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/25 at 10:22 PM

      Newcastle — you know I meant to include them as a darkhorse as well. Excellent selection.

      I can’t see Altidore in La Liga…and I think Jozy would attempt to rule out bottom of the table Liga clubs…but those are all possibilities.

      Thanks for the comment.

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      • Posted by Blazindw on 2010/04/25 at 10:41 PM

        It’s a matter of styles…being with an EPL team will allow for him to grow into the holding striker that we need. In La Liga, it’s a more fast-paced, open game…a lot more open scoring chances, not a lot of trench warfare. It would make him learn how to create opportunities off the dribble.

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        • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/25 at 10:51 PM

          True — but no team is running a charity.

          In the EPL, Jozy has a “game” already…in La Liga he’d be much more of a project in the more staccato nature of the offenses.

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    • Posted by Antonio H. on 2010/04/26 at 6:15 AM

      Jozy partnering with Andy Carrol would be a nightmare combination. Dude is just a straight up beast.

      I’d actually see Arsenal somehow swooping in for Jozy to be the back-up target man behing Bendtner(who isn’t really a target man) or Chamakh. It’ll give them some size up top and a new level of physicality to complement the technicality and small statures of Nasri, Arshavin, Eduardo, Cesc, Walcott, Rosicky, etc.

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  6. Posted by Kmac on 2010/04/26 at 5:46 AM

    Great article and analysis as always Matthew. I have to say you are probably dead on with the front runners for JZA. I was thinking that if Man U unload Berba, Jozy might be an interesting project for Sir Alex ahead of Rooney (like Hesky for Eng). We know Sir Alex has the money, but I doubt there is the will to take on a project? The World Cup WILL determine whether just how much of the $10mm invested in JZA they recover. I am probably just dreaming on this one.

    KMac

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/26 at 5:51 AM

      Thanks for the kind comments K-Mac.

      Flip Arsenal with Man United as your top EPL side above.

      Wenger would be more likely for the project and two things on Man United: 1) they typically purchase or bring in proven strikers if they don’t come up through their farm system (Owen, Larrsson, Berbatov, Saha, Tevez) and 2) I am pretty sure someone will be shot at Old Trafford if they don’t bring in qualified help in 10-11 for Rooney especially after the Owen experiment.

      Benzema is likely headed to Manchester from Real Madrid, but I wouldn’t put it past Sir Alex to steal Gignac from Arsenal either.

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  7. Posted by Freegle on 2010/04/26 at 6:34 AM

    How about West Ham… It’s a strong possibility that the sell Carlton Cole this summer to one of the bigger clubs (with also some rumors from Germany) and if he has a decent WC he’s as good as gone. Jozy is now what Cole was before he matured and Zola got a hold of him and taught him how to play striker a little bit… a big, strong athletic forward with little goal scoring pedigree but a ton of potential. With West Ham’s solidified ownership contingent now with Gold and Sullivan, a great fan base, and a young team. A good fit i think

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/26 at 7:36 AM

      I did think about WHU myself when I read this, because of Cole potentially leaving and Zola would be a great influence on him – especially regarding dropping deep. But you have to remember, Cole was coming through the Chelsea ranks when Zola was still playing, so Zola got a good look at him every day. From what I have seen of Altidore this season, it’s tough to tell because Hull City have generally been overmatched and outplayed. I haven’t seen any of the games where Hull City are playing a team who’s equal to their level – or Altidore has been a sub. Because of that I am not so sure somebody would take a financial gamble and sign him on a permanent deal. But like the article points out, if he has a massive World Cup, things might change. Also, probably not realistic, but a Defoe / Altidore partnership would be interesting, but as Spurs are knocking on the door of CL, I’m not sure Harry will take that sort of gamble.

      Personally, (and realistically) I’d like to see Altidore at a mid-table EPL that isn’t a relegation threat, where he can get some decent playing time, but where the team isn’t the league’s whipping boys, and he can improve is offensive threat, and actually be on a team that creates a few good chances in most games.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/26 at 12:19 PM

      I didn’t include West Ham for two reasons:

      1) Carlton Cole — if he stays, no Jozy. Jozy would be an expensive bench component.

      2) Carlton Cole. If he goes, no Jozy.
      If Cole goes West Ham will surely need to pick up a proven goal scorer to avoid the threat of relegation next year.

      Zola got the utmost out of Cole so from a mentoring perspective, it would be great for Altidore.

      I could see the Hammers picking up Robbie Keane for next year.

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      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/26 at 1:07 PM

        Both good points, but in fairness, Jozy would probably be an expensive bench component on any of the ‘better teams’. As conceded above, a lot of it will come down to the economics. He is only 20, so being a squad player in a better team is not all bad. Think Sturridge at Chelsea, Macheda at United, Balotello at Inter, Bojan at Barca…

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        • The idea of Jozy being a squad player at Chelsea and learning under Drogba makes my mouth water. And I’m not even remotely a Chelsea fan.

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        • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/26 at 3:39 PM

          Unless Sir Alex likes him…then maybe he’ll get as many chances as Berbatov….zing.

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  8. Aaaargh, Jozy… What are you doing mate?

    Steve Bruce says they’ll appeal Hutton’s Red because Jozy was so mean:

    “The two incidents don’t warrant each other. He [Hutton] has thrown the ball at his back. It’s not going to hurt Altidore, he is built like a horse. He might be angry, but to go and headbutt someone …

    “Alan is lucky not to be in hospital as he has a cut eye, bust nose and chipped tooth. The letter of the law says if you throw a ball at someone it is a red card. It seems strange, but it’s the letter of the law.”

    By the way, the Lucas Leiva’s twitter account was suspended despite being infinitely more entertaining than the real lucas leiva.

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    • I saw that yesterday and my first thought was “really?”

      Jozy did deserve to be sent off, no question, but it looks like he just barely makes contact with him and certainly not enough to do that much damage. I’ve yet to see any official report on Hutton’s injury other than Bruce’s comment though.

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  9. Anyways, I’m just happy that Jozy is off the sinking ship that is Hull. I can’t believe I’ve willingly watched some of their games this season. I was worried for Jozy when they sold Turner, their only on-field asset, to start the season. They’re really a bad, bad team who were very very lucky to spend two season in the top league.

    As much as Jozy has learned a lot this year, I think that Hull City has ultimately been detrimental to his reputation. Jozy led the club with 1,518 minutes this season but only scored 1 goal in a side that produced only 32 goals – one more than Portsmouth who have been mathematically relegated since November. Still, he was often the only player that looked up for it in many games. I think he’ll come on, but there are some big gaps in his skill set that he needs to work on.

    Jozy’s actually kind of a funny player – a big strong lad with some speed and good running but just doesn’t do enough in the air for most bottom-half premiership teams. He doesn’t even challenge for many balls in the air, and instead looks for the second ball. He needs more numbers in the attack than Hull ever offered to be most effective. Generally he prefers the ball into feet in tight spaces and then uses his strength to shield the ball and turn defenders, to draw an extra defender and create chances for others as often than finishing them.

    In a way his style is actually a better fit in Spain. Villareal will be unlikely to recoup the money they invested in him after this season so Jozy will probably be offered on loan to another team where he can get first-team football. I could definitely see Zola interested in taking him on loan for a season if Carlton Cole is sold or even if he isn’t. I think Jozy needs to spend a season under the wing of a player with similar attributes that he can emulate to earn first-team football.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/26 at 8:47 AM

      I usually agree with you Tuesday, but disagree here.

      Evaluating Jozy Altidore on goals at Hull is not the best measure. Both Dowie and Phil Brown employed him way up the pitch with either a statue above him (VofH) or a an-out-control walking-yellow card (Fagan) above him.

      Look at Emile Heskey–a favorite comparison–5 goals in 43 competitions and he’s got a ton of other capable players around him to draw defenses away from him.

      I’m not sure Jozy could have got better experience anywhere else. He went up against 4 (at the time) Champion’s League defenses this year and acquitted himself well.

      His Man United game back in December to me was most telling. Hull were in probably their best form of the season and Jozy continuously worked Nemanja Vidic.

      If I’m a Premiership manager I’m looking at the tape of the game against the best as well as the one against Manchester City.

      In that respect, a great experience for Altidore at Hull.

      In terms of La Liga, there is definitely merit to Altidore thriving there, players like Fabiano Lorente, even elder man Canoute all thrive themselves as bigger target man, *but you just called out Altidore’s strike count. That’s what the those players are entrusted to do. Man the center, turn and score.

      For that reason, I just don’t see Altidore fetching the same rate in La Liga or thriving there…yet.

      Agree to disagree….

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      • Posted by sfshwebb on 2010/04/26 at 9:33 AM

        In a way i kind of disagree with both you. This is not meant as a wind up but what has Altidore done this season?

        No doubt he has learned a lot and he acquired a lot of good experience but he didn’t do much. You can blame his strike partners or lack of service all you want but those are just excuses. A good striker doesn’t have to rely on someone else. They should be able to control the ball when it does come to him (Jozy is 50/50 at this) and score goals.

        I think that if Jozy is lucky he will be signed by a newly promoted team or maybe he is best suited in the championship. Right now he’s a championship striker. Big, strong and has potential. A year with west ham or better yet watford (with jay) where he gets to realize his potential and most importantly play every day will show if he really is good as he could be.

        He wouldn’t be a first choice striker for any current EPL team and this is not the time for him to be in the reserves or on the bench. He needs 90 minutes every week.

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  10. Posted by CJ on 2010/04/26 at 11:01 AM

    Based on soccernomics isn’t Jozy the perfect player to pick up right now? College age… skills improving… price tag relatively still low… national 1st team… I could see him out right sold. Isn’t he what OL look for, the club noted to be great talent scoopers? Not saying OL is where he’s headed but, I’d have to imagine after that book’s release other clubs are taking a look at the formula…

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/26 at 11:26 AM

      I agree with the point that Matthew made regarding whether Villareal want to make a balance sheet adjustment, and take the hit. After Hull’s relegation, the papers are highlighting all sorts of stats about their strikers. I cannot see anybody shelling out 10M for him – unless he has a blinding World Cup…

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  11. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/04/26 at 11:15 AM

    It’s the quality vs. quantity debate: Do you think playing 90 minutes every week in the Championship will improve his quality more than training every day with much better players, even though he will have to fight for a starting place or be on the bench come Saturday? (And it’s also the chicken and egg thing too: how does he become better if he never / hardly plays? Then there’s the school of thought that likes Darwinism).

    Do you think play 46 games in the lower league at the likes of Oakwell, Selhurst Park or Ashton Gate will be good for him? As a point of comparison, I thought it would be interesting to see where Arsene sends his 19/20 year olds on loan. Most are in the Championship, with Wilshere being the exception.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/04/26 at 12:15 PM

      Good point on Arsenal’s loans.

      I think it’s very much like a quarterback in the NFL. I care that Altidore goes to a team where he will be provided service and complementary attackers. Whether it’s mid-table above of the Championship (which won’t happen because of dollars though) or EPL, doesn’t matter to me.

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      • And those QBs have very mixed rates of return too. Sometimes you toss a guy into the fire and he excels (see Joe Flacco) but more often than not he crashes and burns (too many to list). The fact that the highly drafted QBs often go to weak teams that DON’T have a good supporting cast is also a very relevant point. Interesting parallels there.

        Tangent: I think Bradford will be a bust, or at best mediocre.

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  12. Posted by tnnelson on 2010/04/26 at 11:52 AM

    i would lose my shit(in a good way) if he went to everton. or villa for that matter

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  13. [...] our piece yesterday on Jozy’s relocation package, TSG commenter Freegle pointed out West Hammerville was an [...]

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  14. [...] that should take a look: TSG has covered potential destinations for Jozy exhaustively. (This article is great if you’re an Altidore fan.) I still think Birmingham in the EPL would [...]

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  15. [...] from Alexi Lalas on Twitter last night was that Edson Buddle. If you remember this piece from last year (and if you don’t just Google “Jozy Altidore Birmingham and…tada! [...]

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