Former Italy goalkeeper Walter Zenga, who managed Guglielmo Vicario at Venezia is not surprised by the rise to power of the Tottenham man and has backed him to continue developing in the coming years.
It was only a little over two years ago that Vicario was in the second tier of Italian football and his growth has been substantial in the short time since then.
He developed into one of the best shot-stoppers in Italy during his two seasons at Empoli and his transition to the Premier League has been smoother than anyone expected.
In fact, the likes of Mark Schwarzer and Thomas Sorensen have also insisted that Tottenham number one has been the best goalkeeper on show in the English top-flight this season (Optus Spot Football Podcast).
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Some in Italy over the last month or so have even questioned if it is time for Vicario to start for the Azzurri ahead of Paris Saint-Germain star Gianluigi Donnarumma (Corriere dello Sport via Sport Witness).
Zenga has said that he remains in touch with the 27-year-old, revealing that the Spurs main is fully focused on getting better.
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The 63-year-old, who now works as the technical director of Indonesian club Persita Tangerang, told Corriere dello Sport (as relayed by Sport Witness) about Vicario: “He lives for football. In Venezia, he worked to improve himself. His mentality led him to the big stages.
“I see him like that even today in interviews, in the messages he writes to me. The same focus as back then. The Premier League hasn’t changed him. He will continue to grow and gain experience.”
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Everyone who has worked with Vicario has pointed out the same things about the Tottenham goalkeeper – his professionalism and drive to keep improving. It is those qualities that would have likely convinced Postecoglou and the Spurs recruitment team to pursue the Italian over David Raya, who showed for Arsenal at Luton in midweek that he is prone to errors.