Despite momentary flashes of genius, Mario Balotelli’s spell at Manchester City has been more a portrayal of the ‘incredible sulk’ than anything of true superhero stature.
The volatile Italian has failed to recapture the form that he showed during Euro 2012 in the light blue of Manchester City this season, prompting rumours that the 22-year-old is set for a move away from the Etihad.
The Metro this week suggested that AC Milan are ready to put a number of players up for sale in an attempt to fund a January move for the striker.
Without a doubt Milan are taking a hefty gamble not just on Balotelli’s patchy performances on the pitch, but this fiery temperament also. However, in the Azzurri strip this summer Balotelli looked a different, more inspired figure than the one that has often disappointed at the Etihad.
It would be fair to argue that Balotelli feels that he has more to prove in an Italian shirt than he does at City, with his national pride at stake he is playing for the shirt rather than the lucrative pay packet. The opportunity to join the Rossoneri may help to invigorate Balotelli’s passion for the game.
At times Balotelli has appeared unmanageable. However, with the need to build a solid reputation in his native Italy, a mature move back to the San Siro may be the catalyst that turns Balotelli from a good player to a great player.