Things haven’t really clicked for Mario Balotelli since his £16 million move back to England. Since swapping AC Milan for Liverpool, the Italian striker is yet to score in 12 league appearances.
His poor form has led rumours to surface that he may soon be on the move again with The Daily Mirror suggesting Balotelli has four months to prove himself or he’ll return to Italy in the summer.
Granted, it hasn’t been the best start but here is why Liverpool should keep hold of Mario.
Settled and scoring
Some players rely more on confidence than others and Mario Balotelli is most definitely a player that plays his best with momentum. When he is settled, he delivers.
Look no further than his move to AC Milan for proof. Returning to his beloved home country in the 2013 winter transfer window, he hit 12 goals in just 13 games up to the end of the season.
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At Manchester City, 2011/12 was arguable when Mario was at his most comfortable in England. An impressive goal rate of 1 per 102 minutes was the result, proving that he does have what it takes to succeed in the Premier League.
Fearsome when focussed
Both manager, Brendan Rodgers, and assistant manager, Colin Pascoe, have been quoted as praising Balotelli’s “desire to succeed” at Liverpool. Past events have shown that this hasn’t always been the case.
Often accused of lacking focus and not putting in effort, a determined and confident Balotelli getting a regular starting place could be a fearsome force to face. Rodgers has recently spoken out of his desire to help Balotelli settle showing a clear belief that all is not lost yet.
Box office attraction
With his penchant for scoring spectacular goals as well as being involved in entertaining antics both on and off the pitch, Balotelli is a player that gets tickets sold. On the day he joined the Anfield club, over 1,000 ‘Balotelli 45’ replica shirts were sold.
With the hit and miss of Brendan Rodger’s Liverpool signings, combined with ambitious stadium expansion plans, the club will put further importance on retaining their revenue generating players.
Balotelli has proved his Premier League class before and is an exciting player to watch. Letting him go without letting him settle, especially after getting him at a bargain £16 million, would be a waste.