Jozy Altidore Could Get Start for Sunderland Today In Relegation Battle Against Norwich: Daily Soccer Report

In January, I wrote an article about how Jozy Altidore’s poor form and the fact that Sunderland had gone out and bought another striker was a worrying sign for the US striker’s chances of playing in the first team.

Since then, Altidore was dropped from the Capital One Cup Final squad and was dropped from the first team, but today he has an opportunity to bounce back with a start against Norwich in a must-win relegation battle, which will be televised live on NBC’s Premier League Extra Time and NBC Sports Live Extra at 11am ET today.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet told the Sunderland Echo newspaper yesterday:

“I think these could be very important weeks for both Jozy and [Emanuele Giaccherini].

“I think that we need them in the games coming up and they both have the capacity to be very influential for the team. They have both responded well to not being in the squad; they have reacted the way I would have hoped.

“Jozy came back into the side and performed well against Crystal Palace and Giacchy too will have opportunities in the weeks ahead.

“It is always tough to be left out of a squad but we have competition for places and it will happen, it is always about how you come back into the side. When you are left out, it feels like the worst thing in the world.

“But we have plenty of games remaining and each game is an opportunity for players to show what they are all about.

“I will be delighted if Jozy and Giacchy come back into the side and finish the season really, really strongly for us.”

If the time was ever perfect for Altidore to regain his form and score for Sunderland, today is that day.

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