AZpiration is everything --Jozy in Alkmaar

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  1. SAFC Yank

    SAFC Yank Member

    May 15, 2007
    Bellingham, WA
    Club:
    Sunderland AFC
    Ji scored that marvelous winner against Man City, but overall didn't look ready.
    Graham had done very little at Swansea the first half of 2012-13, and continued that form at Sunderland.
    Wickham was really young. Looked pretty good when he finally got opportunities last year, but O'Neill is rarely one to play the kids.
    Adam Johnson had fallen completely off the boil at Man City already.
    Campbell was hurt constantly.

    Are you going to be selective and overlook how Danny Rose blossomed in his loan spell last year? Bent didn't fall off when he was here, either.

    Just to deal with another line you've been throwing around ... there usually are one or two matches besides Newcastle that are near sellouts. And really, to average 40,000 consistently without massive success and a relatively small, impoverished catchment area is a great accomplishment that speaks to the passion of the support at Sunderland.
     
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  2. xsosx

    xsosx Member

    May 27, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    http://www.soccerbyives.net/2013/07/completes-transfer-sunderland.html

    https://twitter.com/GrantWahl/status/354655738884390913
     
  3. Bolivianfuego

    Bolivianfuego Your favorite Bolivian

    Apr 12, 2004
    Fairfax, Va
    Club:
    Bolivar La Paz
    Nat'l Team:
    Bolivia
    No wonder Sunderland was the choice. They really banked on Altidore... WOW!
     
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  4. t3oni

    t3oni Member

    May 9, 2013
    £8.6m or so being reported for Altidore, but believe that is the top end amount after add-ons all triggered.
     
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  5. t3oni

    t3oni Member

    May 9, 2013
    After listening to soo many analyst saying Jozy should have waited one more season, its beginging to wash on me. Sunderland fans see him as their savior now, similar to Hull, hopefully he can handle it...cuzz just a few games without goals and the fans could get impatient. good luck to him
     
  6. Mario Balotelli

    Mario Balotelli Member+

    Feb 28, 2012
    Club:
    Manchester City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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    The bad thing about a high transfer fee is the pressure to perform. The good news is that he'll have ample opportunities to perform since he's their marquee signing.
     
  7. andypalmer

    andypalmer Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Baltimore
    Club:
    Fulham FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  8. t3oni

    t3oni Member

    May 9, 2013
  9. ChambersWI

    ChambersWI Member

    Nov 10, 2010
    Club:
    AC Milan

    I think he's better prepared, and it's a much better situation. And for as bad as Hull was, I felt he did learn some valuable skills during his time (his hold up play for the Nats in 2010 was much better).

    The Sunderland board I went to doesn't really see Jozy as their savior, but they did want him much more than the other strikers they were linked to. Of course, they're also ecstatic that PDC is taking a completely different approach in the transfer window than the team has been taking.

    True, but I do think a huge thing for Jozy is how quickly the deal got done so he'll be able to gel with the team. Of course, from what I've head about what Di Canio wants to do and the players he's bringing in, combined with a healthy Fletcher and an in form Adam Johnson (who looked light years better once Di Canio took over) I think the move will be a pleasant surprise for many here.
     
  10. ActualUSMNTSupporter

    Jul 9, 2013
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This is great, made a jump from a successful small club to a mid-level team.

    Is it safe to say he has not been expected to produce until this past season with AZ, and the USMNT?
     
  11. TimB4Last

    TimB4Last Member+

    May 5, 2006
    Dystopia

    :D Any ideas?
     
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  12. neems

    neems Member+

    Liverpool FC
    United States
    Apr 14, 2009
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    BVB :thumbsup:
     
  13. NOLA

    NOLA Member

    Jan 10, 2009
    New Orleans
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He Sunder the spotlight now
     
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  14. DIMITAR BERBATOV!

    Aug 2, 2010
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Torn Asunder: Jozy Attacks The Premier League
     
  15. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    It looks like a great deal of money, however it could be a great bargain for them.

    Consider that Steven Fletcher was brought in for quite a bit more. Around 14 million pounds. Asamoah Gyan was 13 million pounds. Connor Wickham was 12 million pounds.

    If he produces, 8.6 million pounds for Altidore could be a bargain.

    Consider that they bought Bent for 10, and sold him for 24 million pounds. [Great business that.]
     
  16. Tom Collingsworth

    Jun 14, 2011
    North Carolina
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    No that's not safe to say. Between this post and the Timmay thread post you're not exactly off to a flying start at BS new blood.
     
  17. t3oni

    t3oni Member

    May 9, 2013
    so the interviewer called him Hozy, welcome to Sunderland.........
    "premier league is the best league in the world, excited to be here and adjust to it as quickly as possible"

    How do you feel about playing in front of 40K passionate fans?
    "its exciting, and thats the next step about be a player .................i hope they like what i do on the pitch"

    how was your experience in Hull City?

    "It was important for me, i had no experience in European football...good experience for me........learned alot about myself and i look back at it as one of the things that helped me shape my career"

    excited to meet the rest of the team and coaching staff in Italy, i'm gonna give all i can to the team and thank the club for the investment in me and hopefully give that back.

    yup thats $5 interview
     
  18. Bolivianfuego

    Bolivianfuego Your favorite Bolivian

    Apr 12, 2004
    Fairfax, Va
    Club:
    Bolivar La Paz
    Nat'l Team:
    Bolivia
    Good point. I guess given the translation of pounds to dollars is what makes it seem inflated to us yanks...but not that BIG of a deal in england...really.

    Edit: Maybe they thought his name was like they called him in spain "Ho-simar" ?
     
  19. comoesa

    comoesa Member+

    Aug 13, 2010
    Christen Press's armpit
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Who was the most recent forward transfer from a league outside of the big 5 (GER, ENG,SPA, ITA, FRA) that netted at least 10 goals in his first full season in the premier league?

    I can only think of Suarez.
     
  20. ussoccer97531

    ussoccer97531 Member+

    Oct 12, 2012
    Club:
    --other--
    Benteke.
     
  21. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    It certainly isn't too big of a deal in England overall, but that's quite a lot of money for a club like Sunderland. And of course in the pantheon of transfer fees for American-born players, it's a big deal indeed.

    Way back when we used to have a debate about this until Jozy put it to rest.

    Unless I'm mistaken.........the former Brazilian national teamer Josimar pronounced his name with a silent J. So maybe that's where the confusion can come from.
     
  22. DIMITAR BERBATOV!

    Aug 2, 2010
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I can barely think of any strikers bought from outside those leagues, so the fact that there haven't been many success stories isn't very telling, IMO.
     
  23. neems

    neems Member+

    Liverpool FC
    United States
    Apr 14, 2009
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Ha, Villareal love spending $10 mil on a player not expected to produce. Although, don't they look blushed now after the last few years and deciding not to follow up with that buy.
     
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  24. DontJustStareAtIt

    Jul 2, 2011
    Odemwingie scored a few too
     

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