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Altidore confident the goals will flow at Sunderland
AMERICAN striker Jozy Altidore insists he is happy with his performances for Sunderland since his £6m summer switch - even if he is yet to end his Premier League drought.
Altidore has played five league games and scored none since moving to the North-East but thinks his return is more down to the team’s shape than anything else.
Sunderland are rooted to the foot of the Premier League after collecting one point from their opening seven league matches and such a poor start contributed to Paolo Di Canio losing his job.
But Altidore, who scored again for the USA in a 2-0 win over Jamaica at the weekend, is satisfied he will come good in front of goal.
He said: “Any player is a product of the environment. If we’re playing good attacking football, you’re always going to have opportunities to score goals.
“I don’t change my mentality or the way I play. I feel like I’m playing well at Sunderland. We just have some bad luck right now, but I feel like I’m playing well and doing things right.”
Altidore has had no such problems scoring for his country, he also hit seven goals in five outings during the summer after two prolific years in Holland with AZ Alkmaar.
Following Di Canio’s exit, all eyes are on Gus Poyet ahead of Saturday’s trip to Swansea City for the new manager’s first game in charge.
Altidore said: “I think it kind of stunts when you’re trying to build something because the pressure of staying in the league. Every year there are different types of teams in the Premier League just trying to stay up.
“If we can just focus on building a good team and try to leave the rest of the stuff out, it will be good for us. Hopefully the new manager can help us do that.”
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