Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the appointment of Gianni Vio to Antonio Conte’s coaching staff.
In a recent statement posted on their official website, Tottenham revealed that the 69-year-old is the latest addition to the Italian’s backroom staff at Hotspur Way, with the set-piece coach joining Spurs from the Italian national team with immediate effect.
In their statement, the club wrote: “We are delighted to welcome Gianni Vio to the club as a member of Antonio Conte’s coaching staff. Gianni, 69, takes the role of Set Pieces Coach and joins us with immediate effect from the Italy national team, where he has worked since September 2020.”
While the appointment of a new coach may not ordinarily be one of the most notable signings a club makes in a summer transfer window, considering just how impressive Vio’s record is with set-plays, not to mention the Italian being held in extremely high regard by many in the know, the news that Spurs have landed the 69-year-old is sure to have left Conte buzzing.
Indeed, The Athletic’s Italian football correspondent, James Horncastle, dubbed the coach as Roberto Manchini’s “secret weapon” at Euro 2020, with the journalist going on to suggest that Vio has mastered 4,830 set-piece routines that include the use of “false walls, identical twins and pulling down shorts” – before also claiming the expertise of the Italian is like having an extra “20-goal striker” for a manager.
Furthermore, following the news of Vio’s appointment, European football expert Kevin Hatchard stated his belief that the veteran is a “brilliant signing” for the north London side – while also adding that his addition is further evidence of “Conte doing Conte things” at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
And, it is clear to see that set-plays are very much an area in which Tottenham require improvement next season, with Conte’s side ranking fourth-worst in the 2021/22 Premier League campaign for both shots from set-plays (108) and goals from set-pieces (eight), as well as joint second-worst – alongside Norwich City – for shots against from set-plays (163) last time out.
As such, while Fabio Paratici very much appears to be working wonders in the transfer market concerning Spurs’ playing staff, should Vio be able to drastically improve the aforementioned statistics next term, the addition of the 69-year-old could quite easily prove to be one of Conte’s most important signings of the summer.