Sunderland’s Altidore ready for second Premier League chance

New Sunderland signing Jozy Altidore believes that his time in the Netherlands with AZ Alkmaar will be beneficial, according to Sky Sports, as he returns to the Premier League after a disappointing spell with Hull City in the 2009/10 season.

The United States international failed to make an impression with the Tigers, scoring just two goals in 30 appearances as the club was relegated. However, he has been prolific with Alkmaar over the previous two seasons, scoring an impressive 51 goals in 93 games in all competitions.

And after that successful spell, Altidore hopes to impress in the Premier League at the second attempt. He said: “I think I just became a better player in Holland than the one when I was at Hull. On and off the ball and linking up with the players around me, I just got better. It’s that simple. I’ve become a much more confident player since then.

Altidore is one of several players brought in this summer by Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio, as the Italian looks to shape his squad for his first full season in charge. Juventus winger Emanuele Giaccherini, and Lazio defender Modibo Diakite are among his other new recruits.

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