by GIANFRANCO PANIZO
Jozy Altidore had not stepped on the field at the club level in over seven months, but that did not stop him from making an immediate impact in his Hull City debut.
Against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, Altidore entered the match in the 60th minute, and one minute later he delivered the game-winning assist in the 1-0 victory. It was only his first touch of the game, but Altidore controlled a pass before flicking an overhead pass to forward Kamel Ghilas, who buried the ball into the back of the net.
The American international also had a chance of his own moments later, but after a great trap and a neat chip, the ball rolled just wide.
Regardless, Altidore was active throughout his half-hour cameo, and his impressive performance in Hull City's first win of the season drew praise from head coach Phil Brown.
''It has been a tale of two weeks, that substitution,'' Brown told Soccernet.com. ''The kid got back into London from an all-night flight from the USA Friday morning, 6 o'clock. We then flew him up to the KC by helicopter.
''I looked at the whites of his eyes, asked if he was fit to play and the answer was fantastic. He was raring to go. It was a calculated risk that we didn't start him.''
With a performance like Saturday's, Altidore is sure to to find his first start soon. And if his debut is a sign of things to come then it appears Altidore is ready to thrive in the English Premier League.
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