Out-of-favour Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore has conceded that he will actively look for a move come the winter transfer window if he continues to be confined to the Black Cats bench.
One of Paulo Di Canio’s first signings at the club, the US international arrived from Eredivisie’s AZ Alkmaar last summer with the expectations of a £6 million price tag, having scored 51 goals in 93 games during his two seasons with the Dutch side.
He would find the back of the net once in 31 Premier League appearances during his first season in the north east, however, and has made just four top-flight cameos this term for a total of 53 minutes.
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The 24-year-old has started two Capital One Cup ties, scoring in the 2-1 defeat to Stoke City last month, but, with both Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher now ahead of him in the pecking order, as well as rumours of more firepower arriving in the winter, he admits that his future at the Stadium of Light is in the balance.
‘I thought I’ve done everything I could this season to come in as fit as possible with the injury and try to make an impact when I’ve played,’ he told Soccerbyives.net. ‘But like I said this four years I want to be part of the national team.
‘Jurgen [Klismann’s] makes his message very clear, nobody is different, so if it doesn’t turn around then in January I’ll be looking to start elsewhere and make sure that I’m in his plans.’
Training with the US national team ahead of home friendlies against Ecuador and Honduras, Altidore remains an integral part of head coach Klinsmann’s lineup, even captaining the side for their recent 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic in Prague in the absence of usual skipper Clint Dempsey.
A lack of genuine competition has seen him maintain his place even through barren spells of form but, nevertheless, the 72-times capped front man knows that nothing is guaranteed without the regular first-team minutes which have deserted him at Sunderland.