The 23-year-old returned to the Premier League with the Black Cats this summer.
United States striker Jozy Altidore has vowed to deliver goals to Sunderland after making his Premier League debut for the north East club.
Despite firing a blank in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Fulham at the Stadium of Light, the 23-year-old is confident he can shoulder the goalscoring burden for Paolo Di Canio’s side while last seasons top scorer Steven Fletcher continues his rehabilitation from injury.
“I’m confident I’m going to score goals in the Premier League,” he declared to the Newcastle Journal.
“I’m a striker so, yes, I’m going to score goals. I don’t set myself targets but I’m expected to score goals and that’s what I’ll do.
“If we keep playing like we did on Saturday, then I’m going to hopefully score a lot. This is a team that will create chances for me.”
Altidore joined the Black Cats in the summer following a fruitful two-year spell in Holland with AZ Alkmaar for a second stab at English football after spending a disappointing season on loan at Hull four years ago and insists he returns to the the top-flight a wiser player.
“When I came over to the Premier League last time (with Hull City), I was just 19 and had no experience of European football,” he added. “Since then I think my record speaks for itself.
“The Premier League feels the same as four years ago. It’s just as tough and as high a tempo, and intense with a tremendous atmosphere.
“For me, it’s the best league in the world.”