Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been voted to have made the worst start of any major new signings across Europe by the French public.
The Italian international arrived on Merseyside from Serie A outfit AC Milan in a deal reported to be worth ₤16 million towards the end of the transfer window.
Due to the sale of former Kop idol Luis Suarez, Balotelli was automatically placed in a difficult position with a huge weight of expectations on his shoulders.
His performances to date have mirrored a player struggling to adapt, and the injury to fellow teammate Daniel Sturridge has further highlighted the controversial striker’s lack of form.
In his six Premier League appearances to date, despite a high number of efforts on goal, the former Manchester City star has failed to find the net resulting in a number of observers readying to label him a flop.
His poor start to the season for the Reds has not only been noted in England, but also across Europe as the French public vote their opinions accordingly.
In a poll conducted by the French publication Le10sport, Balotelli has been voted ahead of PSG loan signing Serge Aurier to have made the worst start to the season of any major signing across Europe, claiming 27% of the votes.
His boss Brendan Rodgers will be hoping for a quick upturn in results and the feeling is there that not all hope is lost.
In Balotelli’s previous spell in the Premier League with Manchester City, he notched 20 goals in 54 league appearances as he helped the Citizens pip neighbours United to the title in 2012.
Here are the top five players nominated for the making the worst start in their new club:
Mario Balotelli – Liverpool – 27%
Serge Aurier – Paris Saint-Germain – 21%
Marc-Andre ter Stegen – Barcelona – 15%
Dejan Lovren – Liverpool – 5%
Thomas Vermaelen – Barcelona – 5%