Tottenham Hotspur star James Maddison makes Guglielmo Vicario admission
For James Maddison, the revelation that Guglielmo Vicario would become his teammate at Tottenham Hotspur stood met with a sense of curiosity and intrigue that led the English midfielder to YouTube.
Speaking with former Premier League shot-stopper Ben Foster, Madders candidly admitted that he was unaware of Vicario and had to look him up on the internet to see if he was any good.
And he is. Ever since his move to the Premier League earlier this season, Vicario has been one of Tottenham’s best players alongside the likes of Madders himself and captain Son Heung-min.
“I think that’s fair,”
“I think that’s a fair statement to make. We signed him. I hadn’t obviously signed yet. I was like ‘who is he?’ kind of thing. I’d never heard of him. I’m in the back of the car on his YouTube – ‘Vicario Highlights’ – to see if he was any good.”
The £16m acquisition of Guglielmo Vicario from Empoli marked one of Tottenham’s summer signings, and the Italian goalkeeper surely wasted no time making an impression. Currently joint second for Premier League clean sheets, Vicario’s performances have obviously not gone unnoticed within the Spurs camp.
The exploration of Vicario’s abilities through YouTube highlights unveiled a “brilliant shot stopper” who is challenging to score past, according to Maddison who always wants to take a shot at the Italian international in training.
The casual yet insightful peek into the modern footballer’s approach to scouting teammates certainly underscores the impact Vicario has had on his colleagues.
As Tottenham navigate the challenges of the season, Vicario’s journey from relative obscurity to a reliable presence in goal surely serves as proof of the unpredictable and enchanting nature of football.
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We need to have a nickname for him sooner rather than later, no?