Andrea Poli. This name should be known to every football fan the world over by now, but at the age of 23, knowledge of the Italian midfielder is still primarily resigned to Italian football and Football Manager addicts.
The frighteningly talented midfielder has struggled to achieve more than 20 games a season since breaking into first-team football, due to a number of niggling injuries.
Many believed that a loan move to Inter Milan in 2011 would officially signal the arrival of one of the best Italian players of our generation, but again injuries hindered his progress - and he failed to find the form his potential promised.
So, fast forward to the 2012/13 season, and Poli held together a weak Sampdoria side in their first season back in Serie A, producing consistently - this is the key word here - throughout the season, and along with Mauro Icardi, kept Sampdoria in the top flight.
So, what happens this season? Unfortunately for the Ligurian side, several of the top clubs in Serie A also witnessed Poli’s revival, with AC Milan beating champions Juventus to the midfielder's signature, in a deal worth in the region of £2.6m plus 50% playing right of young Polish defender Bartosz Salamon.
Undoubtably last season was - finally - Poli’s breakthrough season in the top tier, but this season could see the young Italian continue his rise, solidifying his place in the national side and showing the rest of Europe what Italian football has known for a long time.
The new Andrea Pirlo?
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: https://bit.ly/12evFlH
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms