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3 European destinations for Japan’s top scorer, how to improve the “train” corner routine, 5x scout reports on yesterday’s main moves and more…

Good morning tactics fans and welcome to the Wednesday newsletter – full of analysis, scouting and tactics. Fill up on your football knowledge – follow the Total Football Analysis page and be part of the squad that want more than just a match report.

Japan’s leading scorer in the World Cup is Hinata Miyazawa and David Astill believes she is ready for a big European move – he looks at some potential destinations based on her style of play.

The timeless Eugénie Le Sommer bagged two as France stormed to a 4-0 World Cup victory over Morocco yesterday. In 2021, Selim Ben Hmida analysed the characteristics, strengths and traits of the 34 y/o forward that have led to her being so successful for club and country for such a long time.

Meanwhile, Catalina Usme scored the winner for Colombia in yesterday’s victory over a Jamaica side that can be very proud of their World Cup showing. David Astill analysed América de Cali, for whom Usme finished the season as the league’s top scorer, and their tactics that led to a successful 2023 campaign.

Malmo are doing interesting things from corners this season and Marcel Seifeddine takes a closer look at their “train” routine to see where they can improve it.

Staying on set plays, ICYMI yesterday Short corners feel like they are being used more and more often in the modern game and Karim ES has been doing research into them – in the first part of his series, he looked at the art of the short corner including attacking with numerical superiority and direct play into the rebound zone.

Leicester City returned to Championship football against playoff final losers Coventry at the weekend – Jack Manship analysed the first chance to see Enzo Maresca’s tactics in play.

Over on TFA Scouted, we have these reports for you…

Lautaro Pastrán has made the switch from CD Everton to Belgrano – we identified the 20-year-old forward back in May and feel he is a potential Tier 2 player in the future.

Senne Lynen has made the big move from USG in Belgium to Werder Bremen of the Bundesliga for €4m – our data identified him last month as a potential Tier 1 move this window.

Leopold Wahlstedt makes the move from Norway and Odds BK to former Premier League winners Blackburn Rovers in the English Championship for around €1m – we scouted the goalkeeper back in March and identified him as being ready for Tier 2 this window.

Gustav Isaksen has got his big move, going from FC Midtjylland in Denmark to Serie A giants Lazio for €12m – we identified the 21-year-old winger as being Tier 2 ready this window, so it will be interesting to see whether he makes the step up to Lazio’s team immediately or is loaned out.

Tottenham finally confirmed the signing of Micky van de Ven from Wolfsburg yesterday for €40m – our data picked out Van de Ven back in March 2022 and we felt he’d be a good fit for the Premier League.

In other analysis from the archives, It’s official on the week of the 2023/24 Premier League season kicking off that Julen Lopetegui will not lead Wolves into the campaign, as he’s officially parted ways with the club. With that news, let’s remind ourselves of how the Spaniard managed to take his club from rock bottom to Premier League safety with time to spare last term.

With the news that David Raya is set to join Arsenal from Brentford and compete with Jordan Pickford, why not take a trip back to the 2019/20 campaign when Raya stood out in our analysis as one of the best young goalkeepers to watch outside Europe’s top-five leagues — and why exactly that was the case.

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