Posts Tagged ‘Jozy Altidore’
Some States bullets for Tuesday:
• I’m not sure why media and fans continue to insist that Jonathan Spector is a viable option at left back for the Yanks. Spector is having a rough go of it right now at West Ham, but in his defense the entire West Ham defense is not that solid.
Since 2008, Specs owns 14 USMNT caps. Twelve times he’s been at right back…the other two? Center back. Gotta look somewhere else for your left back option.
• As questions continue on whether Herculez Gomez or Edson Buddle should be called, remember that Jeff Cunningham was called after not participating in the national team in 5 years and at the age of 33.
• Speaking of USMNT strikers, a Hull City message board claim states that Jozy Altidore–in what is a totally believable instance for us–returned a tweet to a Tigers supporter that commented, “thank you for your continued support, but unfortunately i was only on loan for this season and the club have not informed me about staying, i will go back to my parent club. once again sorry for Saturday.”
In our piece yesterday on Jozy’s relocation package, TSG commenter Freegle pointed out West Hammerville was an option to which I replied that a certain Carlton Cole was the key to any move there. If you read our piece, check this story on Cole’s possible relocation. Seems like the TSG community is on the right track….and West Ham could be a possible option for the Big Jeezy.
• 713 to 154. Minutes. Since the March friendly, World Cup wing candidates Alejandro Bedoya (high man) and DaMarcus Beasley (low man) have gone in opposite direction. Excluding stoppage time, Aljeandro Bedoya has featured in all but 7 minutes of Orebro’s 8-game season thus far.
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.
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.)
Okay, so we’ve got the boring facts out of the way. What is TSG’s take?
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.
Update: Jozy issues an apology via Twitter.
I’m so sorry about yesterday. Made a stupid, immature and costly mistake. I apologize to hull city and the fans who I let down. I let my emotions get the best of me and lost my composure. Believe it or not this year playing for hull was to date the best trip I’ve ever been on.
Altidore sent off in the 1st half in Hull’s must-win 1-0 loss against Sunderland.
Our thoughts at TSG: Reserved. Didn’t watch the game so I don’t know the lead-up to the incident shown below.
Here’s what I do know. You’ve got to keep your cool, but from time-to-time blow-ups happen (see Drogba, Didier). Excusable by Altidore, no. We’ll invoke our TSG motto on this one: “You can’t look at observations in isolation, you need to evaluate the whole body of work.”
To read further into it, or make a statement on Jozy’s entire body of work at Hull is probably too severe. A few weeks ago we issued this column, largely in admiration of the last year for Altidore. There have been blemishes and this incident is another that calls into question Jozy’s maturity. At 20-years-old, he is what he is and he’s going to need to improve his maturity in lockstep with his ability to become a better player.
Classy move by City fans towards the end as they rained down ‘This is the best trip I’ve ever been on” which Phil Brown sung when Hull staved off elimination last year.
Wasn’t going to link to this, but it will be at least a mild discussion today.
First Altidore’s comments on the piece:
“Love the article out that have me saying things I never said. Brilliant.”
Altidore also reached out to (solid) New York Times reporter Jack Bell after the story via Twitter.
The story? Altidore claims to be “relishing” a match-up with England. Give me a break.
…and that’s all the TSG time this will get.
Well, one question, where’s Jozy’s agent/handler/PR gal-guy in all this?
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Despite what your opinions of Jozy Altidore’s ability to find the back of the net, there is no question that the past year has shown the coming of age of Jozy Altidore as a player and the maturation of the American striker as a person.
As a US Soccer fan, I can’t think of another player that has garnered the same press as Jozy and is so positively polarizing as a beacon of the future of US Soccer since Landon Donovan and maybe Landon Donovan alone.
What is so impressive is that Altidore has earned the buzz around him this year without nearly reaching the upper echelon of his talent yet. I’m not quite sure you can actually say that about Landon Donovan; did his accomplishments peak in 2002? That’s another discussion for another time.
To put it succinctly on Altidore, we’ll revisit our Editor’s Note from our March Boarding Series piece:
It’s hard not to be thoroughly impressed with the composure of Altidore. This is a young man who in the last year has had to switch leagues and cultures, watch as his good friend and strike partner battled a life-threatening accident and experience his native land ravaged by natural disaster. I’m not sure I can put all of those three in perspective enough as a lay person or as a writer. Oh and in his spare time, he’s come of age as an impact player and is now indispensable to the USMNT. And we all know how old he is. If you haven’t given to Haiti relief…..
Today, we felt it appropriate to look back on the year of Jozy. Why today?
It was 365 days ago that Bob Bradley unwrapped his Big Jeezy present in a big way as Altidore deposited a three-pack in the back of the net against Trinidad & Tobago. Altidore made history, the youngest American to record a hat trick in international play. This just a few days after Altidore subbed in against El Salvador and got his 1st away goal for the national senior side.
From there, the year went a little like this:
August 5th, 2009: Villareal loans Jozy Altidore to then-Phil Brown’s Hull City Tigers. Do you remember Fulham was rumored to be in the running? Looks like Fulham bet big on Zamora being healthy and it’s mostly worked out for them. Still a tandem of Zamora and Jozy with Deuce playing behind them? Nice.