Balotelli gives critics the silent treatment

by admin

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

It wasn’t so long ago that pundits and fans alike were questioning whether Mario Balotelli had what it takes to succeed in English football.

His doubters were plentiful and vociferous, with many criticising his perceived lack of maturity.  However, one by one Balotelli has silenced his critics as he continues to lay waste to defences across the Premier League.

The foundations for the Italian’s upturn in fortunes were laid in late spring, as Balotelli and Yaya Toure tormented the Manchester United defence in the FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley. Toure eventually netting the winner to send City to the Final.

Balotelli would continue his fine form in the tournament’s showpiece, earning the Man of Match award playing from the left side of midfield, though Toure would again steal the plaudits as he sealed City’s first silverware since 1976.

Since that sunny day in May, Balotelli, assisted in part by the Carlos Tevez saga, has become a mainstay in the Manchester City lineup, and although his off the field indiscretions continue to polarise opinion, it is the striker’s performances on the pitch that have rightly begun to take precedence.

Strong; powerful; agile and pacy; Balotelli is perhaps the most complete forward in the Premier League, the type of player that you build a side around. Luckily for City, that side has already been built.

Indeed, the array of quality available to Manager Roberto Mancini has undoubtedly been a huge contributor in Balotelli’s success this season. Still the 21-year-old has made a startling improvement in front of goal, scoring 11 times in all competitions, a statistic that cannot solely attributed to the ability of those around him.

Balotelli, is to put it mildly, a complex character, an apparent eccentric off the pitch, but aggressive and occasionally arrogant on it. It is an arrogance that Balotelli embraces regularly with his now notorious ‘no celebration’ celebration.

The midnight curries, inside firework displays and other escapades will have to be curbed if Balotelli is to escape finding the headlines for the wrong reasons. For now City fans will be happy so long as he and the rest of the team can continue to set the Premier League alight.





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  • jac

    He has won the young player of the year award. Soon he will win the senior award and become one of the great players in football. The off field stuff is just press nonsense.

  • Mystical Mike

    I still think he is slightly over rated. He’s not fit to lace RVP’s boots, who is a professional on the pitch as he is off it. But then I guess he’s 28 and the Bot man is 21.

    Will b interesting to see if he keeps this form up though. Personally I think dezko is class and can’t understand why he doesn’t start ahead him

  • Simon Meechan

    Well known that Van Persie was, to quote Thierry Henry ‘Not the easiest guy to deal with’ when he first arrived at Arsenal. Give Mario the time he needs, if I was getting paid that amount of money I would do stupid stuff to. The guy’s an entertainer, nothing always wrong with that in football

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