09 February 2012
Jozy Altidore ended his two month scoring drought, as he found the back of the net twice in AZ Alkmaar's 6-0 win over ADO Den Haag. Jozy came on in the 76th minute and it didn't take long for him to get to work, scoring in the 85th and 88th minute. Alkmaar's 6-0 destruction places them atop the Dutch Eredivisie table, tied with PSV for first place.
Jozy now has broke his personal season goal-scoring record with 11 goals across all competitions. His previous high was back in 2007 when he played in the MLS for the NY Red Bulls, scoring 9 goals that season.
Check out the match highlights and Altidore's goals...
Altidore is an enigma wrapped in a riddle, hiding in a Rubik's cube. I hope Klinsmann has the key to unlock this mystery because I have no idea what's going on with Jozy. Altidore started off the season red hot, scoring in practically every match and as a result was receiving starting minutes. Then AZ's boss came out to the media on a couple of different occasions, saying Jozy has a lot to learn, which was indicative by the manager's decision to relegate Altidore to the bench at the start of most league games. However, the manager has since made it clear that the 2nd half of the season is the time in which Jozy MUST step up and produce consistently but the question is, will he??
Altidore's natural talents should not be questioned. Instead, it has always been the cerebral part of the game that has slowed down his development. Quickness off the ball and positioning on the pitch have always been weaknesses of Jozy's game, which has prevented him from becoming an elite player. I do believe Jozy has improved in these areas, but he still has a long ways to go before becoming a consistent goal-scorer for club and country. I'm looking for him to work on these skills even more over the next couple of months so that he is in top form come World Cup qualifying. Should be interesting to watch!