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Impressive Altidore delighted to finally make bow

August 24, 2009

Jozy Altidore is determined to make up for lost time after finally landing in the Premier League.

Altidore: Glad to finally make his debut
GettyImages / MichaelReganAltidore: Glad to finally make his debut

The American striker made a swift impact on his Hull debut as he came off the bench to set up Kamel Ghilas for the only goal in a 1-0 defeat of Bolton.

It ended more than a week of frustration for the 19-year-old after being forced to miss the Tigers' season-opening games against Chelsea and Tottenham.

Altidore was kicking his heels in New York after returning home for an international fixture but running into bureaucratic problems trying to get back.

Altidore, who is on a season-long loan from Villarreal, said: "I had to travel a lot, back and forth in the States and to different countries to play games.

"I then had a team-mate that got the swine flu, which complicated things even more, and then there were visa problems with my passport.

"In terms of complications and frustrations I've had it all but when I got here there was nothing that was going to keep me from playing.''

Altidore finally arrived back in London on Friday morning, eight days later than planned, and was helicoptered straight back to Hull by the club.

He admitted there were times when he felt he would not get the international clearance he needed to return and start his Hull career.

"I was losing faith, I felt it wasn't going to go through and it was all going to be for nothing,'' he said. "But everyone did a great job to try to get me here and I really appreciate it.''

Altidore's introduction after an hour at the KC Stadium transformed a scrappy game in which Bolton had enjoyed the better chances.

The contest became more open and Altidore spurned a fine opportunity to open his account for the club while fellow new signing Ghilas also rattled the woodwork.

Altidore said: "It was incredible. I couldn't sleep beforehand and I was really excited to get here. It was great, all I expected it to be and more.

"I just can't wait to continue on with the club and to play more games like this. It was fantastic.''