Where Are They Now? Sam Dalla Bona

Samuele Dalla Bona signed while captain of the Italian under-18 side.

He was Chelsea’s Young Player of the Year in 1998-99 after netting 16 goals for the reserves but had to wait for Dennis Wise and Gus Poyet to leave before getting an extended run in the first team in 2001.

Things turned sour the next season when he turned down the chance of a new contract because he wanted to go home to Italy and subsequently fell out with Claudio Ranieri before securing a £1 million move to AC Milan.

Has never settled after leaving the club and has had moves to Sampdoria and Napoli as well as short term loans at Bologna, Lecce, Iraklis in Greece and Vernona in 2010.

Appearances: 73 Goals: 6 (1998-2002).

Career: Chelsea. (1998-2002).

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This article has 4 Comments

  1. I remember being pilloried at the Chelsea Chat page for maintaining from the beginning that this oafish player would never be top class and that there was no point grooming him for the long term. Many there tipped him as a definite Chelsea captain of the future and a world class superstar. I never saw anything but a klutz.

  2. Ooh-bit harsh Sir Cecil! ‘Grassi’ (apparently that was his nickname-it’s Italian for ‘fatty’) looked a decent prospect but was allegedly under the influence of a domineering mamma who wanted him back in Italy,hence the move to Milan. Who knows what might have happened had he stayed at Chels?

  3. I agree Blue , as i dated him backed them…but we parted, as mamma was definitely an influence, and italian girls would flick over to chase him..it ws too much for me!!!

  4. …pitty though, too much of a mommy’s boy, hated London, but could have made it big!!bad decisions, i guess, but i am not a football expert..

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