Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has been speaking to Sky about Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli, making some interesting comments about both the player and – inadvertently – his current club.
In comments later published by Football Italia, Ferrero said of Balotelli, “If he came to a calm club, with wonderful fans, Balotelli would definitely get back to his best.”
Liverpool fans may take umbrage at the fact that Ferrero’s comments appeared to imply that the 24-year-old was not currently at such a club, but what he then went on to say is likely to raise even more eyebrows.
“I think he’s a wide man and not a central striker, so even if he didn’t score everyone would be happy,” Ferrero added.
Wingers usually need energy, pace and enthusiasm – three things Liverpool fans have not exactly seen in abundance since the Italian arrived at Anfield last summer.
He was signed as a goal-scorer but in 28 appearances he has found the net only four times.
Perhaps Sampdoria would be happy to play him out wide and for him not to score, but that is not what he was brought to Liverpool to do and, in the absence of Daniel Sturridge, the 24-year-old has simply not stepped up and justified his price-tag or his considerable wages.
Only time will tell what the future has in store for Balotelli, but after such a disappointing season, it seems unlikely he will still be at Liverpool for the next one.