Jozy Altidore Making Headlines in Spain

During my daily morning troll of the Spanish newspapers, I was more than surprised to see Jozy Altidore gracing the front page and in the ‘top story’ spot of as.com, with the headling ‘Jozy is thrilled with Madrid’s interest’

The article goes into how Madrid could have a spot for Altidore and how as.com talked to Richard Motzkin yesterday. Motzkin had this to say about Altidore’s feelings on the whole thing.

“Para Jozy que el Real Madrid quiera ficharle es un auténtico honor. Lo es ya el hecho de que un club tan grande se fije en él. Jozy está muy feliz porque el Real Madrid muestre interés en él. Sabemos todas las informaciones que se han publicado. Ya veremos qué sucede, pero él está muy ilusionado. Es lógico”.

For Jozy, it’s an authentic honor that Real Madrid wants to sign him. It’s the fact that such a big club is looking at him. Jozy is really happy because Real Madrid have shown interest in him. We know all the information that they have published. We’ll see what happens, but he is really excited. It’s normal.

That would be quite a signing for Altidore to come to Real Madrid, one of the biggest clubs in the world. It would take him a while to break the first team I would imagine, but his exposure to international football, to a possible La Liga championship, and to the Champions League, would make all the difference in the world for him. Madrid is also a large, international city, with plenty of Americans and foreigners to make him feel at home. It’s not as if he is living in some backwards Spanish town like I lived in.

The one downside about being a Madridista is that they enjoy bringing in talent and then sometimes wasting it away, like Soldado, who had a great season last year, but who has seen no playing time this season.

I don’t want to see Jozy go to Madrid and sit on the bench and not even to get a shot. But would that be better than playing in the MLS? Some might say yes.

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3 Responses

  1. The training at Real would have to be miles better than he’s been getting in MLS to make up the difference in playing games and sitting the bench. I don’t think it’s a good move unless there is a good chance of playing time.

    If Madrid loaned him out for a year, it might be worthwhile. Just sitting the bench and handing towels to Ruud and the boys wouldn’t help his development.

  2. I always wonder just what the goal of every footballer is. If their goal is to play in the MLS, then that is great, but if they want to move on, would they risk sitting the bench for a team like Madrid?

    They could just pull a Donovan and move back home afterwards.

  3. If I were giving advise to Josy, I would definitely tell him to head over to Europe but not to Real. Better for him to go to one of the mid table Spanish teams or to Portugal or the Netherlands to a team where he would play regularly AND has a style that suits his playing and development. Much more of situation like Bradley or Adu has. I am afraid, as you said, that he’s going to be lost in the shuffle. I mean look at the guys who are getting little, or no playing time at Real. They are top flight strikers.

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