when Jozy Altidore trotted onto the field for Villarrea's Europa League match against Dnepr Mogilev (a 5-0 win) on Thursday, he not only made his European tournament debut, and made his first official appearance for Villarreal in almost two years. Altidore also made it that much more unlikely that he leaves the Spanish club this summer.
Altidore wants to stay with Villarreal and prove the club didn't make a mistake when it bought him in an MLS-record $10 million transfer in 2008. The early indications are that he just might be making progress in the battle for minutes at Villarreal.
Here is our question. Do you think staying at Villarreal is the right move for Altidore? Think he would be better off leaving for England or some other destination?
Cast your vote:
What's my take?
Altidore is a much more mature player than he was when he first arrived at Villarreal and the club also has a thinner forward pool than it had when he first joined, so there is a good chance for Altidore to secure playing time in Spain this year. While he might be able to find a starting role in a smailer league, the experience he could gain in Spain, and in the Europa League, make Villarreal a great fit at this point in his career.
What do you think? See staying as a good move for Altidore? Hoping someone can make a strong bid for him before the end of the month?
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