Posted on August 25, 2009
Jozy Altidore is hungry for more after making an instant impression in Hull colors at the weekend and hopes to start against Southend.
The 19-year-old USA striker shrugged off the effects of jetlag to come off the bench and set up the winning goal in Saturday’s Premier League victory over Bolton at the KC Stadium.
Altidore had only flown into the country to begin his Hull career the previous morning after his arrival on a season-long loan from Villarreal was held up by red tape.
Altidore had been back in the States for international duty but was delayed on his return to England by visa and passport difficulties and a further complication concerning swine flu.
But he is determined to put all that behind him and wants to start Tuesday’s Carling Cup second-round tie at home to Steve Tilson’s Shrimpers.
Altidore said: “If I’m called upon by the gaffer, I’m going to go out there and play 100%.
“I’ll go out there and use that game. I need games, that’s what I haven’t had in the past year.
“This is why I came to Hull, to get games and repay the faith that has been shown on me.
“I fancy 97 minutes or however long stoppage time they give.
“I just want to play and be here and prove I belong. I want to play as much as possible and improve.”
Altidore could get his wish as manager Phil Brown considers a number of changes to the side which secured a first win of the season against Bolton.
Nathan Doyle is likely to get a chance to stake a claim for the problematic right-back slot while youngster Tom Cairney could make his first start.
Assistant manager Brian Horton said: “We are going to play a mixture.
“Some of the young ones may get a taste but there will still be a lot of experienced players in there.
“It is a chance for people to show. If I was 18 or 19 I would be wanting to get in that team no matter what age or experience.
“We expect to win but it will be tough. They will come and make it very difficult for us.
“We will treat them with the utmost respect, they deserve that. We are taking it very seriously.”
Saturday’s victory was Hull’s first in 13 Premier League games and their first at home in the competition since last December.
Horton feels the cup tie now gives the Tigers the chance to build momentum ahead of this weekend’s trip to Wolves.
He said: “It was important to get that win on Saturday, no matter how we did it.
“There was a bit of apprehension but we have had the win now. We have got to move on.
“Nothing gives you more confidence than winning games.”
Hull are keen to strengthen their squad ahead of the closure of the transfer window on September 1.
Brown is currently in discussions with two unnamed players, thought to be a striker and a right-back.
Bosnian right-back Sanel Jahic is also to be given a further trial in a midweek reserve game against Manchester City.
Horton said: “We’re still trying. It has been more successful in the last few weeks and no doubt over the next week it is going to go ballistic.
“I think there will be a lot more movement now.”