August 05, 2009

Jozy Altidore heading to Hull City: And he releases the news via Twitter of course (it's been that kind of day).

posted by trox to soccer at 03:24 PM - 8 comments

I wonder how much he'll cost in the fantasy league. Hull's three listed strikers at the moment are 5.0, 5.0 and 4.5 points, with one of the 5's injured. 100 points would make last season's Top 20 for the position.

This could be a good move if Jozy can get playing time and stabilize his game. He showed some good stuff at the Confederations Cup but needs to play like that consistently in 90 minute chunks.

And Twitter ftw ;)

posted by billsaysthis at 06:43 PM on August 05

He still needs to get a UK work permit.

Expect sales of Hull jerseys to go up in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area.

posted by goddam at 05:04 PM on August 06

Good for Jozy. He's obviously got talent, and playing in the EPL is a far better option for growth than the MLS. Hull seems like a pretty good option as playing time shouldn't be too difficult to come by.

Besides, I need a team give my half-assed support to while Newcastle get their shit together, which could be quite a few years.

posted by Ufez Jones at 06:20 PM on August 06

I think he's better than this...HULL CITY?!

posted by StarFucker at 04:01 AM on August 07

I agree with StarFucker (where you been?!). He should have no problem getting a work permit since he played in Spain and is a fixture on the US team.

posted by trox at 12:03 PM on August 07

The work permit law has some very specific numbers, which is why he needed to file an appeal rather than getting it on initial application. If Jozy had played in a couple of the Gold Cup games he probably would have had the numbers and a reasonable case can be made that the Gold Cup games should not be counted in the calculation. I'm guessing that Hull would not have made the deal unless they were confident the permit would go through, after all they have only three strikers otherwise.

SF, good to have you back. But I disagree and think Hull is a good destination for him. Number one is the likelihood of playing time and two is that Phil Brown seems to know what he's doing. If they avoid the sophomore jinx and stay up, two years with these guys could put Jozy in the frame for a big money move to a Big 4 club. First American to start at Anfield, perhaps?

posted by billsaysthis at 12:15 PM on August 07

Thanks guys...yeah, its been a while.

I'm thinking Hull City IS a good place for him to start, i guess...How old is he anyway?

But after seeing him play a few times i would think some better teams would have been after him. In any case, i'm looking forward to seeing him play, which he will as billsaysthis says...he should get alot of playing time.

posted by StarFucker at 06:04 PM on August 07

Jozy is 19. He couldn't get any minutes with Villareal or Xerex last season which I think is why he didn't go to a bigger club or sooner.

posted by billsaysthis at 07:50 PM on August 07

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