Newcastle were first linked with American striker Jozy Altidore way back in 20007, when Mike Ashley had just bought the club, and Jozy was playing well for the NY Red Bulls and was only 17 years old.
Jozy Altidore – scoring lots of goals for AZ in Holland
Since then Jozy joined Villareal in 2008, and had loan spells at Xerex, Hull City and Bursaspor, before he joined AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch league two years ago.
And the 6’1″ Livingston, New Jersey native has had some success in the Eredivisie, and in 93 appearances for his club he’s scored 51 goals, including 31 goals in 41 appearances last season.
With such a good goal scoring record, we wonder if Newcastle’s Chief Scout Graham Carr has been watching the American, but Derek LLambias did say Newcastle were looking at players from Holland and Belgium, as well as in France.
Jozy has 57 caps for the US with 14 goals, and seems to be starting to fulfill some of his early promise, and he’s already tasted Premier League football with Hull City in season 2010-2011, when they were relegated – but he scored only two goals in 30 appearances for Hull City in that season.
At the same time Hull were being relegated in 2011, after finishing just above Newcastle in 4th bottom place the previous season, the Magpies were winning the Championship and coming straight back up in great style with 102 points.
Jozy was not too impressive that season for Hull, but we’ll soon know if he’s impressed Graham Carr.
It seems Newcastle may need to move to other striker options, with players like Andy Carroll and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang unlikely to arrive on Tyneside this summer.
Jose certainly has had a good record in the Dutch League over the last couple of seasons.
What do you think?
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