Jozy Altidore: Why He Can Be the Striker Everyone Expects
Ever since the retirement of Brian McBride in 2006, the US Men's National Soccer team has been searching for a suitable replacement striker.
Many thought that Jozy Altidore could be that person. Jozy is big and possesses a lot of natural athletic ability. However, his play has left many wanting more over the past few years.
Following a disappointing stint with Villareal where he never managed to break into the first team, Jozy has found a new club where he is making a big impact with his new dutch team AZ.
Here are some reasons why Jozy might be on the verge of finally realizing his potential.
Jozy Altidore is still 6'1" with a strong athletic frame at the ripe old age of 21. He still has the prime of his athletic career in front of him.
As he showed against Spain in the Confederations Cup when he muscled past Sergio Ramos, one of the best defenders in the world, he has world class potential.
Consistent Playing Time
While the Netherlands top soccer league the Eredivisie is a step down from Jozy's previous European stops in La Liga and at the bottom of the EPL with Hull City.
He has made a splash with AZ, scoring on a header in his debut against dutch power PSV. Jozy has continued his strong form by scoring a goal today, (the video) that took the internet by storm.
Nothing will improve Jozy's skills more than consistent playing time against top flight European competition, and it appears he has found a venue to do it in.
Lack of Other Options
No other strikers in the American player pool are beating down the to take Jozy's spot with the first eleven. Options such as Kenny Cooper and others lack experience and the talent to compete at the highest levels of international play.
Juan Agudelo, 18, appears to be the only threat to Altidores claim as the top American striker. However, there is space for both on the pitch in Jurgen Klinsman's attacking style of play.
Jurgen Klinsmann was a top striker in his playing days with the German national team, currently the third highest goal scorer in German national team history.
Hopefully, that experience will translate to his coaching career, and he will be able to bring the best out of Jozy Altidore at the international level.