Poyet's International Appearances Destroyed Him
Gus Poyet has defended Jozy Altidore, who has yet to score a goal for the Black Cats in 10 Premier League appearances.
Gus Poyet: “He has many good qualities, but the one that tends to get overlooked is that he has an unbelievable shot on him – so powerful.
“I still can’t believe he is only 24, he hits the ball with such power and we have to use that power to best effect.
“Sometimes it is hard – it is very easy to look at a player and say ‘oh, he doesn’t score goals’.
“But sometimes you have to look at how you play, especially if that player has scored in other teams and not in yours.
“In a situation like this, I always analyse myself when I used to play.
“What worked for me as a player? Well, I needed crosses.
“So the worst team I played in was my national team.
“In my national team in the years that I played we were a team that played through the middle – we never played the ball out wide. No wingers.
“That meant we weren’t crossing and that meant I could not score. I was rubbish!
“So then people would be saying why is it that he is scoring so many goals in Europe when he can’t score for the national team?
“And the answer was simple – different teams.
“The Uruguay team’s style did not suit my game and this is my point at Sunderland – we need to find a style and a system which plays to the strengths of our best players.
“If you don’t do that for Jozy, then it is going to be difficult for him to score, and we will work on that.”
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