Nice coach Lucien Favre believes Mario Balotelli is on track to return to the top level after another brace in Ligue 1.
The Italian forward struck twice as Nice crushed Monaco 4-0 to move top of the table.
After a poor spell at Liverpool, and on loan at AC Milan, Balotelli has netted four times in two league games for Nice.
Favre feels the 26-year-old is slowly showing the level he can play at.
“The goal for 2-0 is very important. Psychologically, it really gives confidence. We know we have the margin,” he told a news conference.
“With Mario, we know there is still a lot of work in the movement to play with the team.
“His goal for 2-0, the angle was hard, the goalkeeper is good. He must continue like this.
“He becomes aware that he will return to the top level if he is professional. After difficult years for him, the recovery will be the key to return to the top.
“Gradually, we will try to help him become stronger. Four goals in the first two Ligue 1 matches? No, I wasn’t expecting that.”
Balotelli struck on the half-hour mark when he took a pass from Younes Belhanda before finishing across the goalkeeper and off the post.
His second was a simple finish after being played through by Ricardo Pereira.
culled:Pulse Sports Agency International By Omni Sport