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6. Andrea Poli (Defensive Midfielder)
A key player in the Sampdoria side that finished fourth in 2009, the 21-year-old Andrea Poli now finds himself facing a long season in Serie B. There is much promise, however—interest from the Milan-based giants is likely to materialize, failing which a number of clubs both in Italy and abroad are likely to queue up for the highly-promising tenacious midfielder.
7. Angelo Palombo (Box-to-Box Midfielder)
Club captain and Italian international Angelo Palombo is perhaps the only player in the relegated Sampdoria side to have escaped the fan's collective fury. Instead, the all-action midfielder was lauded for his efforts and now finds himself in an unenviable position—torn between staying with the club or looking to ply his trade elsewhere. At the peak of his career at 29, few managers will contest that a player of his attitude and work rate is not at least deserving of European football.
8. Danielle Mannini (Left Winger)
Having played across a remarkable four leagues of Italian football, Mannini might not be quite queuing up to leave Sampdoria just yet. A troubled 2007 season saw the left-winger nearly being banned for a being late to a drugs test, and one unimpressive spell at Napoli later, Mannini joined Sampdoria in 2009. Sparkling in his first season then fading with the rest of the squad in the next, the promising Mannini is proving to be one of Italian football's enigmas. Will certainly catch the eye of several managers with his athleticism and potential, but the 27-year-old may yet persist with the club.
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