Dejan Kulusevski has joked that Tottenham’s new set-piece coach Gianni Vio deserves a pay rise for the work he has been putting in on the training pitch.
Spurs appointed Vio as their set-piece coach this summer and the Italian has seemingly already made a huge difference, with the North Londoners scoring from a set-piece in each of three Premier League matches so far.
The home side were struggling to find a breakthrough against Wolves on Saturday and it was a clever corner routine that once again made the difference, with Ivan Perisic’s near-post flick-on being turned home from close quarters by Harry Kane.
According to reports, Vio has created 4,830 set-piece unique routines (The Sun) and Kulusevski admitted that while working on those routines are not particularly fun, they are already making a difference on the pitch.
The Swede suggested that the Italian deserves the full credit for Tottenham’s improvement in set-piece situations.
When asked about Vio’s impact following the win over Wolves, Kulusevski told Football.London: “I just told him three times that we have to give him more money. He has to get a pay rise for sure! Shout-out to him.
“He’s very important. He makes a difference, like you can see. At the end of the day, we won on a set piece today so we have to keep working on that. It’s not the most fun thing in the world but it gets results.
“It helps a lot. Three games, three goals [from set pieces] I think, so we have to keep listening to him and do what he says. I don’t remember that we scored so many [from set pieces] last season but it’s very important. Now we have to get better. Every time we get a set piece we have to believe we can score.”
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There is no denying that we look far more dangerous from corner kicks than we did last season. Given that we have the tallest side in the Premier League, we should be taking advantage of our height in set-piece situations, and Vio’s addition is proving to be a masterstroke.
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