5 Reasons Why Mario Balotelli Should Start for AC Milan Against Udinese
Surely with all the hype surrounding the move, Mario will play some part on Sunday, but as Massimiliano Allegri's side continue to fight their way up the table, the Milan boss might be slow to upset what's been a winning formula.
That said, there are some very good reasons why Balo should get his chance at the San Siro. Read on to find out more.
There's No Time Like the Present
Even though the hype around his transfer has been huge, the excitement surrounding Balotelli is more to do with potential than potency right now.
That's because in 20 games for Manchester City this season, the Italian managed just three goals—a paltry return compared to last season when he was averaging more than a goal every second game.
And with the Milan derby just three weeks away, Allegri will want his new prize pupil firing on all cylinders.
Udinese are weak at the back, having conceded almost as many as they've scored in Serie A this term. That's not a bad place to start for a stuttering striker looking to find some confidence in front of goal.
The Best Defence Is a Good Offence
With young Luis Muriel stepping up and taking some of Antonio Di Natale's responsibility in front of goal for Udinese, the Zebrette are a force to be reckoned with up front.
The best way for Allegri to give Mexes & Co. a break would be to field the unknown quantity that is Balotelli. He might not have been his usual lethal self in the box back in the EPL, but Guidolin's men will know that to ignore a striker of Balo's ability is a dangerous thing indeed.
Super Mario's presence in their box just might convince Udinese's players to be a little conservative, with one eye on their defence at all times, leaving Toto and Muriel isolated at the other end.
It's What the Fans Want
No disrespect to Giampaolo Pazzini, but his signing in the summer didn't cause a riot outside of a Milan restaurant.
Balo jerseys have been flying out of the club's stores and fans have been taking to the streets to celebrate his signing. This is all a long way away from last summer, when the sale of Ibrahimovic and Silva to Paris Saint-Germain caused furore in the city and forced the club to refund thousands of season tickets.
As a self-made media billionaire and an experienced politician, the club's owner Silvio Berlusconi will know that the best policy is almost always to give the people what they want.
Stephan El Shaarawy's Waiting
Few at Milanello will be more excited by Balotelli's arrival than Stephan El Shaarawy. Like Mario, he's young, sublimely talented, from a different ethnic background and a big fan of crazy haircuts. They make the perfect pair.
“Welcome Mariooooo!!! I am so happy!" wrote El Shaarawy on twitter at the news he'd be joined at Milan by his strike partner from the national team.
These two can light up Serie A together, and the sooner they get started, the better.
Ballot-Elli: Silvio Berlusconi Needs an Election Boost ...
The young Italian striker's sensational move from EPL champions Manchester City to the Rossoneri has captured imaginations across the peninsula—even beyond the calcio world.
Few things are more cynical than Italian politics, and with an election around the corner, many have suggested that Milan's controversial owner, Silvio Berlusconi, only loosened the purse strings to curry favour with calcio fans.
Berlusconi's PdL party is doing poorly in the poles and isn't being helped by its leaders continual gaffes and contentious statements. Just recently, the media mogul outraged many by defending Italy's fascist dictator Benito Mussolini on Holocaust Memorial Day.
There's plenty of people who think that Super Mario's arrival in Milan might have more to do with ballot boxes than opponent's boxes.