Alitidore aiming to fire Sunderland up the Premier League table

Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore is positive he will take scoring opportunities coming his way under new boss Gus Poyet, reports Sky Sports.

Altidore, who is currently away on international duty with the United States, is yet to score in the Premier League since joining the Black Cats from AZ Alkmaar for £6m.

Any player is a product of the environment. If we’re playing good attacking football, you’re always going to have opportunities to score goals,” Altidore said. “I don’t change my mentality or the way I play.

I feel like I’m playing well at Sunderland. We just have some bad luck right now, but I feel like I’m playing well and doing things right.

The former Hull forward is well aware of the relegation battle Sunderland currently face following a poor start to the season under Paolo Di Canio, but is confident of finding the net on a more regular basis.

I think it kind of stunts when you are trying to build something because of the pressure of staying in the league,” Altidore added. “Every year, there are different types of teams in the Premier League just trying to stay up.

If we can just focus on building a good team and try to leave the rest of the stuff out, it will be good for us. Hopefully the new manager can help us do that.

Altidore, 23, began his career playing for New York Red Bulls, scoring 15 times in 37 appearances, before joining Villarreal, where he was shipped out on various loan spells.

Having spent time with Xeres, Hull City and Bursaspor on loan, Altidore failed to score more than one goal for either team, but Dutch side AZ decided to sign the striker. After scoring 39 goals in just 67 appearances, Altidore was brought to Sunderland, but is yet to make an impact at the Stadium of Light.

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