Jozy Altidore has revealed his mentality will not change as his barren goalscoring form in the Premier League continues.
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Altidore, 23, moved to the Black Cats during the summer from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar at a cost of £6million.
Scoring over 30 goals last season in Dutch football, Altidore has struggled to recapture that form while at the Stadium of Light, despite having a legitimate goal against Arsenal ruled out by referee Martin Atkinson.
Well aware of the pressure placed on his shoulders with Sunderland sitting bottom of the league and Steven Fletcher out injured, Altidore revealed he does not intend to change his way of thinking during this difficult period.
“Any player is a product of the environment,” he told MLSsoccer.com. “If we’re playing good attacking football, you’re always going to have opportunities to score goals.
“I don’t change my mentality or the way I play. I feel like I’m playing well at Sunderland. We just have some bad luck right now, but I feel like I’m playing well and doing things right.”
Altidore will work under his second manager in nearly as many months with former Brighton boss Gustavo Poyet replacing the sacked Paolo Di Canio.
Desperate to avoid relegation with the Black Cats, the former Villarreal striker is hopeful his new boss can help Sunderland forget about the pressure and focus on building a good team.
“I think it kind of stunts when you’re trying to build something because the pressure of staying in the league,” Altidore added. “Every year there are different types of teams in the Premier League just trying to stay up.
“If we can just focus on building a good team and try to leave the rest of the stuff out, it will be good for us. Hopefully the new manager can help us do that.”