With Leeds United on a horror run of six defeats in seven games, it might take more than a set-piece coach to turn the team’s dwindling season around.
Yet, the appointment of Gianni Vio to Thomas Christiansen’s coaching staff could prove to be a rather astute decision. Leeds have scored just three of their 23 Championship goals from set-pieces this season so there is clear room for improvement.
And with Christiansen describing Vio as ‘one of the best in the world’ and ‘a specialist’, per the Yorkshire Evening Post, it appears that the under-fire head coach is more than happy with the former Milan and Fiorentina coach’s arrival.
Vio’s impact at Leeds’ Championship rivals Brentford during the 2015/16 season shows just how influential he could be at Elland Road. As reported by Sky Sports, The Bees ranked 22nd for set piece goals in 2014/15 and were bottom of the table in terms of the percentage of their goals scored from set pieces.
Midway through the following campaign, however, once Vio had arrived from Milan, only five teams in the Championship had hit the net more times from set pieces than Brentford.
Leeds, then, can expect to see plenty of unique routines and training ground tricks taking place over the next few months.
The club’s attack has dried up of late but if Vio can compensate for their lack of threat in open play by increasingly the danger caused by free-kicks and set pieces, Leeds can hope to turn a few of these defeats into draws.