Sunderland have had their fair proportion of switch successes and failures available in the market through the years with discount buys and big flops on Wearside.
Not each switch goes to work out completely with a mess of things deciding whether or not or not a signing finally ends up being successful; together with how they adapt to life in England, how they match into the crew’s set-up, how fortunate they’re with accidents, and the way they adapt to a change in administration, amongst different potential obstacles.
One participant the membership dropped a clanger with was the signing of Jozy Altidore from AZ Alkmaar in the summertime of 2013, for a reported payment within the area of £6m.
He was Paulo Di Canio’s sixth signing of that window and ended up being a “flop” – as he was dubbed by Sunderland Echo’s James Copley – on the Stadium of Mild as he struggled on the high finish of the pitch.
The ahead had arrived on the membership after a formidable spell within the Netherlands with Alkmaar. He had scored 51 targets in 93 appearances for the Dutch aspect previous to becoming a member of the Black Cats, together with 23 targets in 33 Eredivisie begins within the 2012/13 marketing campaign.
With that eye-catching file, you possibly can forgive Sunderland followers for anticipating to see a predatory, scientific, finisher in motion on Wearside throughout the 2013/14 marketing campaign.
Was Altidore a giant flop?
As an alternative, the supporters watched on as Altidore failed to supply a lot in the way in which of high quality within the closing third for Di Canio’s aspect. He ended the season with one purpose in 31 Premier League matches, averaging a WhoScored rating of 6.45 – putting him 21st within the squad.
The next season, the 115-cap USA worldwide performed 11 matches within the top-flight and was unable to provide a single purpose or help as he averaged a WhoScored rating of 6.15, which positioned him 24th (out of 25) within the roster.
The striker ended his Sunderland profession with three targets and eight assists in 52 appearances in all competitions, though solely a type of targets and three of these assists got here in his 42 Premier League outings.
Which means he price the membership £2m per purpose, £6m per league purpose, for the £6m they paid to signal him from AZ Alkmaar in the summertime of 2013.
Due to this fact, Di Canio dropped a clanger with the signing of Altidore as he was an costly flop who didn’t ship on the pitch for the Black Cats, each by way of the overall commonplace of his performances and his finish product.