Leeds United supporters have been particularly downbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side suffer successive home Championship defeats at the hands of Sheffield United and Derby County in recent days.
Thomas Christiansen’s men would have viewed those two clashes at Elland Road as opportunities to end their poor run of form, but back-to-back losses has only deepened the crisis at the Yorkshire giants. The Whites went down 2-1 to Chris Wilder’s high-flying Sheffield United last Friday thanks to David Brooks’ late winner, and although they took the lead against Gary Rowett’s Derby on Tuesday night, two Sam Winnall goals in the second half sealed a 2-1 success for the Rams to inflict a fifth defeat in six on Christiansen’s side.
Thus, many of our resident Leeds fans have been despondent and frustrated by their side this week, although they may be encouraged by a recent report from The Yorkshire Evening Post, which details news of an appointment to Christiansen’s backroom staff, namely that of Gianni Vio.
The Italian is no stranger to coaching having enjoyed spells at AC Milan, Brentford, and Fiorentina, but it is his set-piece expertise which have enhanced his reputation off the field, with he reportedly having made a big difference to the Bees’ dead-ball situations during his time at Griffin Park.
And Christiansen is understandably delighted with the news, saying: ‘He’s a specialist and he’s one of the best in the world.
‘His CV and all the numbers tell good things about him, what he has achieved in many clubs.’
And given all the doom and gloom surrounding the club at present, this promising news is sure to provide some respite for those despondent Leeds fans in the Tavern this week.
Landlord’s verdict: According to The Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds have scored just three goals from set pieces so far this season, which given they have scored 23 altogether in the Championship is not a particularly great success rate.
So it’s perhaps not overly surprising to see the club recruit a set-piece specialist in the form of Gianni Vio, who has coached at AC Milan, Brentford, and Fiorentina during his career to great effect.
And now Leeds, who are seriously struggling for form and in need of all the help they can get to stop the rot, will look to benefit from the Italian’s expertise in their quest to resurrect their Championship promotion bid.
Leeds fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!