Ex-Hull boss Brown convinced Altidore will be Sunderland success

Southend United boss Phil Brown is convinced Jozy Altidore can succeed at Sunderland. Brown worked with Altidore at Hull City.

Southend United boss Phil Brown is convinced Jozy Altidore can succeed at Sunderland.

Brown worked with Altidore at Hull City.

He told the Daily Star Sunday: “We took over a loan he was on from ­Villarreal in Spain. He was only 19 – a pup – but he had potential.

“He has started to fulfil that potential. He did well in a good league in Holland. For a big lad, he wasn’t as good in the air as you would have expected. It was something he had to work on.

“But he was gifted. He was a beast in terms of his ­physique. He had pace and good technical ability.

“I would say £6m is not a bad price for a 23-year-old with Altidore’s attributes.

“If I was signing him now for the Premier League, I’d be looking for him to get me double figures in terms of goals this season – then 20 in his second year.”

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