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Di Canio backs Altidore

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has backed new signing Jozy Altidore to help fire his side to success this season.

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Jozy Altidore: Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has backed the striker to be a hit

Jozy Altidore: Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has backed the striker to be a hit

The 23-year old striker joined the Black Cats from AZ Alkmaar earlier this summer, commanding a fee of £5.2million, having found the net 23 times in the Eredivisie last season.

Altidore struggled in his previous Premier League spell, only scoring once whilst on loan during Hull City's 2009/10 campaign, but Di Canio has no doubts that the USA international will prove his worth.

"I don't hope he will be a success here, I know he will," he told the Daily Star.

"He will score many goals for us. I can't give you a number but it will be 15 or more if he uses the energy he did for the national team. He is an animal.

"He did not have a fantastic experience at Hull but he was young and they struggled. He left, went around Europe and grew up and last year finished with a very good goals tally."

Altidore spent two years in Holland since joining from Villarreal and Di Canio believes that he can be a valuable asset at any level.

"It was a different league but you do not score that many goals if you are not quality. Jozy is a modern footballer who has desire and pride and this environment will help him," he said.

"He attacks every space, his first touch is good and he is a fantastic finisher. We will play good football to help him score, so he is going to have a big part to play in our season."

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