I earlier wrote an article about Altidore’s move to Olympiacos (see "Jozy Altidore to Olympiacos" in July's archive on the left-hand column), which now has proven untrue. I assume that this time, the reports of his move (to Hull City) are legitimate, and hopefully so is my article.
It appears that Jozy Altidore is headed to England now that the striker has completed a yearlong loan deal to the Premier League’s Hull City from Villareal. While earlier reports indicating that Altidore had signed with Greek powerhouse Olympiacos now prove premature, the same bittersweet reaction lingers upon the news of his move to Hull.
It seems hypocritical to question Altidore’s move now that he has gone to England, the destination many (mistakenly) criticized him for not choosing upon his supposed-move to Greece. However, Hull seem one of the Premier League sides most susceptible to relegation as the new season nears. After winning only two games the final seven months of the season, Hull barely escaped relegation finishing 17th by one point. What’s more, though, is that Hull have not been able to improve their side this offseason as expected. Altidore is clearly no first-choice signing, as the majority of Hull’s targets have spurned the Tigers’ offers this summer.
There are positives to Altidore’s move, however. Despite a terrible finish last year, Hull did show quite a bit of promise opening their campaign with wins over the likes of Fulham, Tottenham, Arsenal, and West Ham. By late October the Tigers found themselves tied atop the Premier League, in third place only on goal-difference.
As for Altidore, with his big body and speed he is an ideal target man in England’s fast-paced, long-ball league. The American should also fancy linking up with Brazilian playmaker Geovanni, who, despite his club’s troubles last year, had a magnificent season individually. Most importantly, though, Altidore should find a good bit of playing time this season with a Hull squad lacking quality up top.
Altidore, nevertheless, is optimistic about his new opportunity, indicating his excitement on his Twitter page in recent days. And naturally, this may be the most important factor to his finding success. It is certainly a possibility that the American striker expects his stay at Hull to be no longer than his yearloan indicates, rather using this move as a way to attract attention from bigger English clubs. On the other hand, though, while Hull, entering only their second year in the Premier League ever, appear to be a weak side, their progress amongst the English ranks could be similar to that of Fulham’s in recent years (a team who struggled upon their EPL debut, only to, a few years later, be competing in Europe). Whatever the case, Jozy Altidore is finally in the English Premier League, where he should be, and this coming season looks to be an enormous breakthrough in his young, promising career.