Going into the international break, Tottenham Hotspur is on a roll and leading the Premier League standings.
In such a short period of time, Ange Postecoglou has done wonders for Spurs, both in terms of new additions and with the existing roster of players.
Postecoglou’s coaching has given players like Yves Bissouma and Cristian Romero new life, and players like James Maddison have been fantastic additions.
The standout Tottenham acquisition this summer—and maybe Postecoglou and Daniel Levy’s greatest coup—is Maddison.
There is, however, another brilliant move that Postecoglou and the Spurs board have made. namely Guglielmo Vicario.
Even though Maddison has excelled, he was a tried-and-true acquisition since we all knew what he was capable of in the Premier League.
Vicario came to Tottenham in the meantime to mixed reviews. Some supporters were dissatisfied that Spurs lost interest in signing David Raya, an Italian goalkeeper who appeared to be unknown.
He was viewed as the more affordable alternative at £17 million, but given how poorly the previous Italian goalkeeper performed for Tottenham, there didn’t seem to be much excitement surrounding his arrival.
How much has altered. Vicario has played a crucial role in Spurs’ ascent to the top of the Premier League after eight games this year.
He has three league clean sheets under his belt, has made several outstanding saves, exudes assurance between the pipes, and is at ease using both feet.
Fraser Forster, a fellow Tottenham goalkeeper, said of him on the Off The Shelf podcast, “He’s been brilliant.”
“I believe that his game performances have been excellent, and he has produced significant saves. Coming to a new club or nation is difficult. He has benefited greatly from his excellent command of English.
“One of my Celtic teammates actually played with him in Empoli, and he’s been raving about him for years; as soon as he found out he was moving here, he said he’s a very, very good goalie. Best dude.
He trains well and works hard, so it’s a terrific start for him. “He’s been brilliant in the games, he’s been brilliant around the place.”
Hugo Lloris’ announcement that he would be leaving the club this summer meant that Tottenham needed to sign a goalkeeper quickly.
They not only accomplished this, but they also did so at a low cost. Honour to Spurs for spotting Vicario and acting quickly to sign him.