Reader Mailbag: Evaluating the Chances of Suarez and Balotelli Staying in the Premier League

Welcome back to another edition of the EPL Talk Mailbag. Before we get into the questions, I celebrated my birthday yesterday and after all the dinners with family and such was done, the best present I got by far was from FOX Sports. Their announcement yesterday that they would be showing 9 of the matches from the final day of the EPL season live was possibly the best gift I could have gotten. The final day of the EPL season is one of the best sporting days on the calendar in my opinion. All the story lines, the battles for European positions and the relegation fights — it all capitulates in one fantastic day of soccer. My only regret is that I didn’t get 8 other TV’s so that I could watch all the games simultaneously. Now to the Mailbag!

From Daniel:

Can you discuss the situations that Balotelli and Suarez are in. Balotelli because he seems to be a bit of a hot head. He was able to escape this 9 match ban but I still see City unloading to another club. Suarez obviously had that dust up with Evra in the league matches.

Are they still wanted by their respective clubs? Is it fair to dub them a “problem child?” Also, is their future tied to the managers future (If Balotelli goes does Mancini follow him out? or vice versa)

I’ve written before about Mario Balotelli’s situation. He is a bit of a hot head but taking into account his career to this point and his age his actions can be chalked up to that of a typical 21 year old. But most of his indiscretions pale in comparison to some of the issues that have plagued Luis Suarez’s career. At Ajax he had some dust ups with teammates and was a bit of a problem child early in his career. But taking a chunk out of Otman Bakkal’s shoulder and on pitch racial abuse are territories that Balotelli has not ventured into. While the term “Problem Child” can be applied to both, they are at two different levels of the term. Balotelli being more of the “Child” part, while Suarez is more of a “Problem”. As far as being wanted by their clubs, Suarez certainly has a bit more safety in his future at Liverpool. The transfer speculation I’ve seen about Suarez has been more him going to a club that is performing a bit better and with European Football in play. His teammates have rallied around him on occasion (see the Shirt incident after the abuse of Evra) and he generally seems to be someone that players don’t mind having around. On the other hand Balotelli has been openly talked about being not wanted at his club. I believe his teammates have all but given up on him and clearly his manager has given up on him. Kenny Dalglish certainly has more invested in the success of Andy Carroll than he does with Suarez based solely on his price tag. Mancini may have had more invested since Balotelli was seen as his project at Inter and he was brought into City to continue that development. If both are sold it will just be seen as two players who just couldn’t cut it with life in England. Their manager’s should be worried more about the axe because of their results and not the success of a single player.

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9 thoughts on “Reader Mailbag: Evaluating the Chances of Suarez and Balotelli Staying in the Premier League”

  1. You’ve seen transfer gossip saying Suarez is moving on to a club that’s performing a bit better and with European football? Suarez has openly said he wishes to remain at Liverpool and the club have offered him a new contract – he is due to sign an extension on top of his 4 years left in the summer, taking him to 2018… perhaps you should have mentioned that in your reply? Don’t go answering questions from people if you’re just going to indulge in sheer fantasy with your replies.

    1. Paul, your comments always seem so angry. Not a dig, just an observation.

      Is it possible Suarez has grown up? I’m not sure. As a supporter, I like him, love his work rate and passion. Balotelli is a bad teammate. Suarez’s antics tend to stay on the field and are only directed at the opposing team. I don’t know him as a person, but as a soccer player he’s the kind of guy you want ON your team.

      1. That’s because my comment was angry. Some of the articles on here infuriate me in how they’re written and how they come across. 99% of the time they’re fine but occasionally there’s an article which does incite me to see red. My bad.

  2. Sounds like Paul has never heard of contract posturing. Touchy touchy…

    Balotelli is staying for no other reasons than: (a) nobody else will pay him what he’s making at City (b) No other club of the same status as City would bring in such a disruptive, painfully selfish (and this is by footballers’ standards) player like him. Even Mourinho, master of man-management, wanted nothing more to do with him. If you’re going to be that “big” a personality, you had better be a far better player.

    1. Or maybe it sounds like the author hasn’t portrayed a level playing field and not included all relevant information and instead has gone down his own road of speculation and fantasy? Just a thought.

    2. or maybe City just wants one of the brightest talents in world football to stay. You can’t deny he has immense talent.

      Also, Mancini is the one that brought Balotelli to Inter. Mancini knows Balotelli inside and out.
      Mourinho has as big of, if not a bigger ego than Balotelli himself, so it’s no wonder that Mourinho didn’t like him.

      1. As much as Mancini might want people to think he knows Balo inside-out, I think the boy has proven that nobody does, or at least nobody has found the key to harnessing him.

        Top talents in world football do not sulk all over the field trying to get sent off. If you are a top talent, both Inter and Milan would not say they aren’t remotely interested in bringing you home.

        A club like Man City could go out an buy players much better than Balotelli who are a fraction of the maintenance. He’s not worth it for them, but he’s not leaving because nobody is able or willing to pay that much in transfer or wages for a total prat.

  3. Balotelli has talent but he’s no messi, and even if he was a ronaldo/messi type of talent it’s no good if you’re off the field due to suspension. He’s a liability, you never know what you’re going to get, you don’t know if he’ll be on the field long enough to do anything before throwing a strop and getting sent off.
    Bishop is right in my opinion, he’ll stay because no other club is going to fork out the transfer fee or wages to a player that they can’t trust to be on the field for 90 minutes and give 100%

  4. I actually think Balo just realized this himself, with teams showing no interest over the past few months and his agent is probably telling him as much. Curious how mentally strong he his. There really is no where for him to go other than Anzhi or china, and that move should be 10 years from now. No Euro Cup this year, on the outs with his club–you don’t have to be 30 to understand you’re doing it wrong…

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