Now Balotelli”s brother plays for City…. Stoke City, that is! Enoch in reserve team run out
Low profile: While Mario (pictured) was on Manchester City”s bench, brother Enoch was playing for Stoke”s reserves
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli isn”t one for keeping a low profile. However, it seems his brother has little choice in the matter having turned out for Stoke City”s reserves away to Burton Albion.
Enoch, a 19-year-old who also plays as a forward, managed 80 minutes of action before being substituted with cramp.
Like Mario, who was on the bench as City”s Champions League campaign came to an end on Wednesday, Enoch was born in Ghana but raised in Italy.
The younger sibling has previously caught the eye of Serie A side Napoli – the team who, ironically, knocked the Premier League leaders out of Europe – but is understood to have been training with Stoke for three weeks.
Speaking after the game, which was drawn 0-0, the club”s academy coach Dave Kevan said: “He”s been with training with us for a while and it was good to give him a run out. He”s a good boy but a little bit raw at the moment. We”ll see how things go.”
Meanwhile, local media reported Balotelli showed “a deft touch, a piece of showboating and a couple of theatrical slips on the greasy surface.”