Altidore vows to score goals

  • By: Pete O'Rourke
  • Last Updated: August 20 2013, 12:42 BST

Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore is confident he will score the goals to kick-start his side's Premier League campaign.

Jozy Altidore: Confident he will score goals for Sunderland
Jozy Altidore: Confident he will score goals for Sunderland

Altidore, who endured a disappointing spell on loan at Hull City four years ago, drew a blank on his debut as Sunderland went down 1-0 to Fulham at the Stadium of Light.

The 23-year-old insists he has not set himself any persona goalscoring targets, but has vowed to score goals for Paolo Di Canio's side.

Jozy Altidore

17. Jozy Altidore

Title Number
Appearances 18 (4)
Goals 15
Assists 5
Yellows 3
Reds 0
*Current Season

"I'm confident I will score goals," Altidore told the Daily Star. "I don't set myself targets, but I'm expected to score goals, and that's what I will do.

"When I was last here, I was just 19 and had no experience of European football.

"But since then, I think my record speaks for itself."

Meanwhile, Di Canio believes he can bring the best out of Altidore by working closely with him.

"Jozy is good but he can improve and I can be a very good coach for him," noted Di Canio.

"We are here to improve and I'm sure the players will but they have to listen to me.

"Jozy is only 23 and is stronger than he was the last time he was in the Premier League, but he will get better.

"We are working on his movement and stretching defences, because otherwise he can become difficult."