Di Canio brands national hero as a 'Manchester City misfit'

Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio has described Mario Balotelli as a misfit at Manchester City. Is that fair?

Paolo di Canio is a manager with a point to prove, and has wasted no time this summer going about it, being one of the more active Premier League managers in the transfer market.

One of his biggest signings is Italian international Emmanuel Giaccherini, signed for £8.5 million for Juventus.

Speaking to the press after Sunderland's 3-1 Barclays Asia Trophy win over Tottenham yesterday he was keen to big him up.

He said: "I'm sure Giaccherini not prove to be another expensive misfit Italian landed in the Premier League as Mario Balotelli and Alberto Aquilani, just to mention the most recent examples.

"Giaccherini am absolutely convinced that impress everyone because in addition to having huge technical qualities, since it is one of the best players of one of the strongest national of the world, is also proving to able to adapt well to the football being played in England."

Now you might accuse us of nitpicking, but it seems his choice of words describing Balotelli is a little harsh.

By the end of his time at City, Balotelli had become a troublesome figure, illustrated by his clashes with Roberto Mancini, but there is a wonder whether the manager simply played into that.

Balotelli's on pitch performances prior to the last six months should not really see him cast as a misfit, in the same way Alberto Aquilani flopped at Liverpool.

Balotelli fans will remember his brace at Old Trafford in the 6-1 win, his assist for Sergio Aguero's title winning goal, and his consistent flow of goals throughout the 2011/12 season.

At AC Milan he has gone onto show why he is regarded as potentially one of the world's best, and is very much now the talisman of the Italy national team, a hero even. 

Calling him a misfit simply does not do it justice. We just wonder how the fiery Di Canio and Balotelli would have got on...

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