Jozy Altidore is the most overrated player in MLS

Ethan Tait

Jozy Altidore has been a mainstay in the US side for almost a decade where he’s bounced from America to Europe and back to Canada. The lumbering forward has held the hopes of a nation on his shoulders on a couple occasions as underperformed. Now, he holds part (mostly, Sebastian Giovinco) of the responsibility in earning Toronto FC their first MLS Cup

While everyone is reveling in Jozy’s great form throughout these playoffs, he should be expected to do so on a consistent basis. Jozy Altidore isn’t that good, sorry not sorry.

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Here are three 3 reasons why Altidore isn’t all that good:

Jozy cannot lead a team

Toronto FC is by no means Jozy’s team. It would actually be Michael Bradley’s team before becoming Altidore’s team, but both cases are wrong. Toronto FC is Sebastian Gionvinco’s side to lead and has been since his arrival.

Jozy needs players around him to take the responsibility off of him and provide him with service to score. The fact that Altidore did actually create a couple chances this postseason including the assist on Tossaint Rickett’s goal against the Montreal Impact is rather surprising.

Then again it isn’t. Jozy really just walked through the Impact backline at times without being touched, so it was more expected that he do something with the ball.

He’s streaky

One of the more hot and cold strikers in football. When Jozy’s hot, he’s dangerous and productive, but let’s not forgot about his stint at Sunderland, Hull City, or Bursaspor.

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His time in England and Turkey was shit to put it nicely and he managed to score a single for each of those sides for a total of three goals in eighty-two appearances. What a striker.

There wasn’t another option 

He’s lead the line for the USMNT for so long because there wasn’t an alternative. Now, that the USMNT has progressed and US Soccer has more strikers to choose from Altidore should be fazed out, but won’t because Bruce Arena.

There is better quality in the USMNT camp that is playing abroad and deserves to be on the pitch. Jozy can get it done with the MLS for the most part, but Bobby Wood is getting it done in the Bundesliga.

Arguments above Jozy will be had until his time in professional football is done. Either way, it would have been interesting to see what Toronto FC could of done without Sebastian Giovinco in the side. Sorry Jozy, but TFC could’ve managed with Benoit Cheyrou up top.

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