After years of struggling to get playing time at Villarreal and loan spells at Xerez, Hull City, and Bursaspor, American striker Jozy Altidore has made his move to AZ Alkmaar in Holland's Eredivisie. Though it has been rumored that Altidore might move away from Villarreal on a loan deal with the option to buy this season, the move will be a permanent deal. The fee has not been released, but rumors put it in the neighborhood of $3 million. Altidore's transfer fee from New York Red Bulls to Villarreal was $10 million.
Though they have not been able to contend with Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, and FC Twente in the last two years, AZ has consistently finished in Europa League spots in the Eredivisie and won the league back in 2009. Icelandic international striker Kolbeinn Sigborsson has recently moved to Ajax, while the other strikers on AZ's roster have not produced in recent years. At the very worst, Altidore will have the chance to win a starting spot in preseason. At best, he'll be penciled in as the starter from the beginning.
The Eredivisie generally isn't considered to be the same standard as La Liga, but it's a very high standard of play, and Altidore has made the move to a top-half quality team who will give him the opportunity to play regular first team football. They will not be the most attack-minded side in the Eredivisie, but they will also not resemble Phil Brown's extremely negative Hull City in the slightest. All things considered, it's a potentially great move for Altidore's career.