Altidore excited by Wearside move.
New Sunderland signing Jozy Altidore is full of excitement following the confirmation of his move from AZ Alkmaar to Wearside.
The USA international signed a four-year deal with the Black Cats on Tuesday and the 23-year-old will travel to Italy to join up with his new teammates for the remainder of their stay.
Prior to jetting off to Italy, Altidore told safc.com he was delighted to join up with Sunderland and return to the Barclays Premier League after a spell on loan with Hull City during 2009-10 season.
“I’m excited; anybody that knows anything about football knows that the Barclays Premier League, when you look at everything as a full package, is the biggest league in the world,” he explained.
“I’m thrilled to be here and I’m looking forward to getting adjusted as quickly as possible.
“It’s a fantastic club, everyone here is so welcoming, I’m really excited about this season – it has everything here, all the combinations to be a big club so I’m really excited to be a part of it.”
Altidore caught the eye of the Black Cats’ recruitment team after starring for Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie last season.
And, after bagging 31 goals in 41 games in all competitions, the New Jersey-born forward hopes to bring his form to the Stadium of Light, a venue he is eager to display his skills in.
“It’s great [the prospect of playing in front of over 40,000 fans], it’s part of taking that next step as a player, to be able to play in front of a stadium like that is going to be really exciting – I hope they like what I do on the pitch,” Altidore continued.
“Everybody I’m sure is excited to get the season off to a good start and I’m no different, I can’t wait to meet the guys, meet the coaching staff and get acclimated as soon as possible.”
And, after collecting his first trophy since moving to Europe in the Dutch Cup last season, Altidore promises to give the Sunderland fans’ whole-hearted performances every time he dons the red and white shirt.
“I’m just going to give everything I can to the team, that’s the biggest thing to get the respect of your teammates and when you do that I think everything will fall into place,” he added.
“I’ll just give my all for the club, I really appreciate the club making the investment in me as a player and I want to give that back.”