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Is Mario Balotelli What Manchester City Are Missing?

Apr. 03, 2010 - Milan, Italy - epa02102904 Inter Milan's Mario Balotelli in action against Bologna during the serie A soccer match at Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan on 03 April 2010.
Manchester City fans will have today been hurt by the news that big summer signing Mario Balotelli is weeks rather than days away from a return to action. The £24 million summer singing from Inter Milan has only made a brief substitute appearance since his arrival at Eastlands, and City fans will now have to wait even longer to see their new striker.

Balotelli expects to return to action within six to eight weeks, and admits that he has been disappointed not to have made an instant impact in England. But in a strange way I feel this injury may strengthen his chances of success in the Premier League.

English life is notoriously hard to adapt to, and with Balotelli’s reputation as an eccentric character, many thought the 20-year-old would struggle to cope with a move to England. But now Balotelli has the chance to adjust to English culture away from the playing field. Couple this with the hunger he will develop from a spell on the sidelines and I am of the opinion that a spell away from football will only strengthen his chances of making a success of his big move.

Having said all that though, how Roberto Mancini would love to be able to call on the young forward right now. Although City gained a vital win over reigning Premier League Champions Chelsea at the weekend, they look desperately lacking in a clinical striker.

Perhaps this is a little harsh on Carlos Tevez, but to me City’s record of just seven goals in six games is not good enough if they are going to really challenge for honours this season. City have already dropped points at home to Blackburn and away to Sunderland this season, and it really does pose the question, would they have got wins with Balotelli playing?

Thankfully for Mancini he will be able to call on Balotelli in the not so distant future, with the Italian fit, we will finally be able to examine City’s title credentials.

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  1. brn442

    September 29, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Exactly – a bunch of over-priced players at a cut-throat club with a constantly under pressure manger actually unified in harmony the last 3 weeks? Bring in Balotelli to change all that, he has exactly what they’ve been missing.

  2. footballfutbolfitba

    September 29, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I think what Man City have largely been missing is exactly what they found against Chelsea – some fight and some team spirit. You can have the best 11 players in the world, but if they play as individuals, you win nothing.

    As for Balotelli, I think he’s a decent young player but not worth anywhere near the transfer fee, or the hype.

  3. Tobelerone

    September 28, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I think Balotelli might just come good at Eastlands. Some of his problems stem from the way he has been treated by the fans at both Inter and elsewhere, some of it of a very racist nature. That is something he won’t experience in the EPL. Racist chants are not very prevalent in England but are ever-present in Italy and to a certain extent in Spain. Of course his flamboyant off-field behavior might still derail his progress on the field. However, I think Mancini will be able to get the most out of his talents having worked with him before and Mancini wouldn’t have signed him if he thought otherwise. I believe he could be the X factor that could make City title contenders. He is still young and even if he doesn’t contribute much this season he is one for the future.

  4. jimbob

    September 28, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    We also need to start seeing more goals from the likes of Silva, Johnson, Milner and Barry. Of course Tevez will continue to be the focal point for most of our attacking moves, but others need to take more chances up front if we are to score more. I wonder if it’s actually part of Bobby’s plan not to lose possession and so we’re being more conservative up front.

  5. Scott Alexander

    September 28, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    “English life is notoriously hard to adapt to…”

    It’s not like he’s being sent to Irkutsk to work the mines.

    Also, Man City appear to be gunning for 3rd or 4th this year. They’ve given no indication that the title is part of this year’s goals.

  6. Alan Knut

    September 28, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    City are missing two attacking fullbacks, one of which is not named Micah Richards.

  7. VillaPark

    September 28, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    This remains to be seen. Yes he is talented, but we haven’t seen it get put together in the past, and any potential can always be hindered by his attitude.

    Should be interesting though. I’m almost more interested to see this team play when everyone is healthy just to see how the egos are managed.

  8. Bious

    September 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Another talented player with a attitude that is tough to deal with for his teammates

    He should fit right in

    • freddy

      September 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm

      There’s no doubt we’re missing a proper presence up front. Ade might be able to fulfil this role but he needs to return to the form he showed up to last year’s Arse game. If we can keep grinding out results until he returns and Super Mario can nuckle down as Mancini thinks then we can move up another gear.

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