Jozy Altidore’s European career: a badly advised, confidence sapping failure

The forward has done well for the US national team but he was rushed into a career in Europe far too soon

Jozy Altidore’s miserable spell at Sunderland is now almost over, but it will stand as a reminder to players that the big money deal isn’t always the right one.

At the age of just 25, the forward is abandoning European football and returning to MLS branded as one of the biggest transfer failures in recent Premier League history, Sunderland having received a solitary league goal in return for their £6.5m ($9.9m) transfer fee.

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