Tuesday, July 26, 2011

[news] Mario Balotelli scrutinied of wasting talent, says Nigel de Jong

He has to realise that now.Balotelli had run clean through on goal but, rather than trying an orthodox effort, he spun on the ball and attempted to score with a trick shot through the back of his legs.

All his team-mates are here to help him but he's his own person and he is the only one who can change his ways.His effort went wide and, from the restart, City's opponents nearly scored.I've played with some strange characters in the past but it's the first time I have seen that," De Jong said.It is frustrating, and he has to iron out those issues otherwise it will be a waste of his talent.Mario Balotelli has been warned he is in danger of wasting his prodigious talent unless he manages to shed his habit of embroiling himself in the kind of controversies that have routinely been attached to the Italian throughout his short and erratic career.Mancini's anger manifested itself in his decision to drag Balotelli off the pitch but the striker's team-mates were also incensed, with Nigel de Jong particularly animated as he demanded an explanation.The latest occurred on Manchester City's pre-season trip to Los Angeles, when a furious Roberto Mancini substituted the player only 30 minutes into the friendly against LA Galaxy on Sunday to "teach him a lesson" and "show him that in football you always have to be professional".

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