Andrea Poli shined in his Champions League debut versus Atletico Madrid. The 24 year old midfielder displayed great versatility, showing his grit, strength of character and willing to do whatever sacrifice it takes for the good of the team – both offensively and defensively. He has certainly caught the attention of many clubs in Europe with his performance on Wednesday, but most importantly with his new coach Clarence Seedorf, who used Poli as a starter for the first time. In 18 games so far this season, Poli has scored 2 goals and was used sparingly.
With Milan travelling to Sampdoria for their Sunday match, it is normal that talk about Poli’s future would be paramount. Poli joined Milan in a co-ownership arrangement with Sampdoria in July 2013, and he was thrilled “I am very happy to be here. Wearing the Milan shirt is a dream come true because I am a Milan fan.” Sampdoria owns half of his rights and his contract expires in 2017. According to Secolo XIX, Sampdoria would like to sell their share in the player, and can only be salivating at the thought of what return they will get with their investment if Poli’s star keeps shining. His value will increase if he gets called up to represent Italy in the World Cup (which is unlikely, but you never know) and even more so if he ends up playing and performs well for the Azzurri. If prior history is any indication, teams love to acquire players who perform well in the World Cup knowing full well the eyes of the soccer world are upon them.
So it will be quite a day on Sunday for Poli, playing against his former team (Sampdoria) in his former home (Marassi) at the Stadio Ferraris. If Poli will be named a starter, which is highly likely, one can only imagine the emotions that he will feel in front of his former fans.