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Just what on earth should we make of the American beast? Jozy's performances in a Sunderland shirt have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous, but are we starting to see the best from our much criticised frontman? I must confess I have been one of Altidore's biggest critics, unimpressed by his heavy touch and general lack of any goal threat for much of the season. But is the lad starting to turn a corner? His performance against Newcastle was nothing short of brilliant, literally bullying Steven Taylor to the point that he may now truly take up stamp collecting, and once again bringing to question whether Mike Williamson is truly a Premier League defender. Similarly, against Stoke Jozy was a handful, drawing numerous fouls from a clumsy opposition and contributing to the crucial sending off of N'Zonzi (even though a gentle hand on his shoulder was enough to put him down).
Yet, the salient problem remains...In both of the afore mentioned games, Altidore has played well but missed the guilt edge chance that comes his way. His record of 50 Premier League games and 2 goals is poor for a frontman and needs rectifying if he is to have a long-term future at this level. The fact that he was scoring for fun in the Dutch League is evidence that he does know where the back of the net is, leading one to believe that his recent misses are down to a lack of confidence. The issue of course however, is that the tally of one-on-one opportunities Jozy has now missed are totting up. Whilst we must accept that not every striker will be prolific in front of goal, and I do think that Jozy has a lot to offer, it is the nature of the chances he is missing that are of real concern.
If Jozy maintains the level of performance he has put in over the last two games I am sure that the confidence good play brings will aid him in burying big chances, but he must start taking these. Nonetheless, his recent contributions have been impressive.