Following the anticipation of the fixtures being released on Wednesday morning, Coventry City supporters were not expecting any more news that day. However, it was announced shortly after that Peter Vincenti had become Mark Robins’ seventh summer signing. The industrious midfielder joins from Rochdale on a two-year deal and judging by the reaction of fans across Twitter, it seems as if people are somewhat excited by his arrival.
I stated on my previous blog post that Marc McNulty was the signing I was most pleased with, but this acquisition is yet another very shrewd one and it perhaps tops that. Having seen Vincenti play on a number of occasions for Rochdale, I can safely say he caused us problems. Supporters at Spotland are gutted to see the imposing figure leave for pastures new, but will he be as influential at the Ricoh Arena?
Now at 30 years of age, Vincenti began his career playing for a team in his native Jersey. After making the move to the English Football League back in 2007, he has represented a number of clubs including Stevenage, Aldershot and of course, Rochdale. Whilst his goal scoring record doesn’t appear to be that great, his contribution is noticeable in creating chances for his team. Described as a ‘utility player’ he is able to slot into a variety of positions. He did endure an injury-hit 2016/17 campaign, but he and City will be hoping that won’t be the case this time around.
After signing the likes of Michael Doyle, Marc McNulty and Rod McDonald, it is evident that the manager is trying to breed a winning mentality. Following the pattern of acquiring former captains and promotion winners alike, Vincenti helped Rochdale reach League One back in 2013/14. Featuring regurlarly during that season, the attacking midfielder played his part as the Greater Manchester club won automatic promotion with a second place finish,
What Can City Expect?
One of Vincenti’s main characteristics is his work rate. Whether he featured in a more central role or out wide at Rochdale, supporters could rarely criticise his passion or commitment. In a physical division, having a bit of physical prowess is imperative and at 6ft 5in he should provide a different dimension. It will be interesting to see how Mark Robins decides to use the abilities of his latest recruit, but he is definitely a brilliant option to have.
It seems to be another very smart addition to a squad that was left needing massive improvement following last season’s awful showing. We are seeing the spine of a solid side being built and the manager is expected to bring in another three or four players at least. Losing a couple of our own men is inevitable really with a number still yet to sign new contracts, but Robins is bringing in the correct type of players for sure.
Peter Vincenti was always a player at Rochdale that I didn’t want to be on the team sheet when we faced them because he is very capable of hurting teams. Now the Sky Blues have him on their books, I can now look forward to hearing about him playing in a City shirt. In League Two, he should be a standout player if he can hold down a position in our eleven. Again, I won’t get too carried away yet as the transfer window doesn’t slam shut until the end of August, but Robins’ recruitment is impressive thus far.