Platt: Balotelli is maturing

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Manchester City assistant manager David Platt believes that striker Mario Balotelli is beginning to mature at the club.

The Italian has been a constant source of controversy on and off the field since his move to City in 2010.

But with six goals in his last five games, Balotelli's form is finally coming to the fore, a reflection of his growing maturity according to Platt.

"I don't think he is a difficult player to manage. He is not someone who sulks," Platt said.

"People saw his talent but they perhaps saw it in fleeting moments last season. His behaviour has always been good but there have been too many ups and downs in terms of his concentration levels. But they [the concentration levels] are there and have been for a good two to three months now.

"He will lose concentration but you can snap him back out of it. He is never down for a week - it is 10 seconds and then he is out of it. He is an enigma."

Balotelli may have struck twice for City at Old Trafford in their thumping win over Manchester United, but it was the performance of David Silva that again caught the eye.

The Spaniard has six assists to his name already this season in the Barclays Premier League, and Platt believes the midfield schemer is an early contender for player of the year.

"He is one exceptional player but it is very early to start talking about players of the year," he added.

"There is a long way to go in the season and there are a lot of very good players who are also doing well.

"But equally I would be very surprised if the consistency of his performances went down because we see it on a daily basis."

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