The mercurial talent certainly has a lot of growing up to do until he is widely considered amongst the world’s best. This petulance has come to the forefront at Manchester City too - he stormed off down the tunnel when substituted by Roberto Mancini against West Ham United, his worst game for the club to date. His inconsistencies are perfectly highlighted below on the chalkboards. Against Aston Villa Balotelli was interested and was making passes all across the attacking third, attempting 22 passes. In the game against West Ham he only made 12.
“Super Mario” is a player with undeniable talent. He has an ability that is almost unrivalled and if he fulfills his potential he will surely become one of the best players in the world. However, whether he will realise his full potential is still questionable. Already, it seems, he is heading for an exit from Manchester, apparently homesick, it seems the club are also on the verge of signing Edin Dzeko to bolster their forward line.
It is suddenly becoming a question of where next for the 20 year old. A 20 year old who, on footballing ability, could play in any squad in the world still appears a gamble. The “Golden Boy’s” – an award for the best U21 player in the world which Balotelli recently won – future is seemingly hanging in the balance and it may not be long before Balotelli has used all of his chances up.
To view more on Balotelli please view:
· http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1343323/EXCLUSIVE-Mario-Balotelli-interview-Tell-Manchester-City-fans-Im-smiling-inside.html - An interview about his move to Manchester City
· http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_Balotelli - Balotelli’s Wikipedia page
· http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/manchester-city/7912006/Super-Mario-Balotelli-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-of-the-Manchester-City-bound-striker.html - The Strengths and weaknesses of Balotelli.