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Altidore: “England Early in the Morning”

Jozy AltidoreJozy Altidore seems to be handling this Twitter thing a little better than Darren Bent.

While Bent tossed his toys out of the pram in 140 characters or less, the teenage American striker calmly tweeted to his followers:

England early in the morning so im going to get some sleep ill tweet all day tomorrow on my bb and let you guys know whats going on!

He then thanked his followers for their support. I would check to see if Bent has ever done this, but his tweets seem to have disappeared since his online tantrum.

In June of last year, Altidore moved to La Liga club Villarreal from the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer for €7.4 million, which was at the time about $10 million, a record-high transfer fee for an American player. Speculation today had both Hull City and Fulham preparing to offer the Yellow Submarine a £6.5million ($11 million) transfer fee for Altidore. Everton and Olympiacos have also shown interest in the young American, though the Olympiacos rumors seem to have died down.

While he had little impact in his first season in Spain, Altidore has quickly become a mainstay for the USA National Team, scoring 7 goals in 16 matches, including a hat trick against Trinidad & Tobago on April 1 and an important goal against Spain that fueled the USA’s 2-0 upset win in the FIFA Confederations Cup semifinals.

So which Premier League club would be the best fit for Altidore?

The one thing Altidore needs most at this point is playing time at the club level. He’s more likely to  get that at Hull or Fulham than at Everton, even though David Moyes seems perpetually short on healthy strikers. However, Roy Hodgson would likely make Altidore fight for a starting job at Craven Cottage, much like he did with American midfielder Clint Dempsey, who has earned his position. The combination of Altidore and Dempsey in attack would certainly attract the attention of USA National Team supporters, something Fulham seems keen to do.

Fulham and Everton can also offer Europa League football, which makes them both slightly more attractive propositions than Hull, even though a forward with Altidore’s strength and pace would have very little trouble cracking the Tigers’ starting lineup.

What might sway Altidore to Hull is the experience of Michael Bradley, his U.S. teammate, at Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchengladbach. After scoring twice in the USA’s 2-0 win over Mexico in World Cup Qualifying last February, Bradley told reporters the year-long relegation battle at Moenchengladbach helped make him a better player. Phil Brown’s side will definitely be relegation strugglers this season, so perhaps Altidore sees Hull as an opportunity to improve his own play.

The most interesting thing about this potential transfer, though, is that the man who breaks the news might be the man who’s the central figure in the story. I suspect this won’t be the last time we see that.

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    August 5, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    An other “Eddie Johnson”. Who? Exactly!!

  2. edgar

    August 5, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    He has a better opportunity at Hull City. Can not wait to see him in action! As a USMNT supporter, i wish him well. Aug 12!!!

  3. Nick

    August 5, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    According to his Twitter, he indeed is signing with Hull, even stating his first match will be against Chelsea. I wouldve rather seen Fulham or Everton….but he will get to play at least.

  4. The Gaffer

    August 5, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Looks like Jozy will be signing for Hull City on a season loan…

    If true, personally I think it’s a good move. He’ll have to fight for his position but he’ll be given a few chances to shine for Hull up front — and boy, will they need help this season!

    The Gaffer

  5. Eddie

    August 5, 2009 at 12:10 pm


    I don’t agree with some of what you said, though I do agree he is an unfinished article. As a RBNY season ticketholder (glutton for punishment), I saw him many, many times in person. He is extremely talented and needed to get out of MLS and play with and against better talent immediately. It’s too bad he was jerked around by Xerez, and Villareal perhaps acquired him without thinking of how they would use him first (that’s just a guess).

    I don’t care whether he winds up at Hull or Fulham, I just want him to play. It’s crucial for the US national team that he gets regular minutes this season. I have no doubt he will be successful, perhaps not in his first year, in England. He’s smart, strong, fast, and a very good finisher. I see only upside.

    Also, I think the author of this post is right that we’ll probably learn more breaking news from Jozy. He has had a habit of divulging things and speaking his mind on the NY Times “Goal” blog without a PR filter.

  6. Ian

    August 5, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Let’s be honest here, Altidore shows signs of talent, but he’s a long long way off the finished article. He would have been better staying in the US for a while longer, but now thats out of the options, he should look to just find a team where is playing every week. If that means 2nd tier football then so be it. He may prove me wrong and be capable of holding down a place in a premiership side like fulham or hull – credit to him if he does – but my gut feeling is that he’s not at that level yet.

    • Mark Flint

      August 5, 2009 at 10:34 am

      I don’t know, I think his game is very well suited to the premiership. I wouldn’t be surprised if he does very well at Hull or Fulham.

  7. Rob

    August 5, 2009 at 8:17 am

    1. Hull
    1A. Fulham

    Excited either way. This is the first time I’m also somewhat interested in what someone has to say on Twitter as well.

  8. Jason Gatties

    August 5, 2009 at 7:53 am

    As a Fulham supporter, you know where I want him to land (and I was very critical of Fulham’s lack of public aggression regarding Altidore on my blog today). However, he would get more first XI playing time with Hull, so I can see the lure of that. I’ll be happy with any top flight playing time he gets this season, but I pray it involves playing for Fulham, not against Fulham twice.

    Fulham are also seeking Dessena from Sampdoria. Any way we sign two young studs?

  9. Matt

    August 5, 2009 at 5:09 am

    I always felt Jozy’s style would be a better fit for the EPL than La Liga. I would like to see him play at Fulham personally. He gets to play alongside Dempsey and learn a thing or two from Andy Johnson. Hopefully he just ends up on a team and starts. Jozy could very well be the future of US Soccer and he needs to play regularly in top flight football.

  10. Thomas

    August 5, 2009 at 2:22 am

    I don’t care where he lands. It’s better than the Segunda in Spain.

    Hopefully he plays wherever he goes. I think it would happen both at Hull or Fulham. Interesting to see Fulham and Hull going for him, since Hull tried to buy Zamora.

    Hopefully Fulham offload Zamora if he goes there, and he gets more chances to start. Otherwise he lands at Hull who are looking for a striker as well.

  11. Chris

    August 4, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Id rather see him at fulham…I dont see it being a trouble for him trying to make his way onto the first team…Who wouldnt want a young guy in there thats big and can handle himself. Sure He may have not seen alot of First time play but you have to start somewheres. Playing in the premiership would good enough to get him warmed up for 2010 world cup but Premiership and Europa League is even better. His level of play should come way up then.

  12. You Forgot

    August 4, 2009 at 11:02 pm


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