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A 195cm striker who could stand out in Belgium, all the latest from the WWC and our EPL tactical preview magazine download…

Good morning tactics fans and welcome to the #TacticalThursday 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.

If you missed it earlier this week, we launched our TFA Tactical Preview Magazine for the English Premier League 2023/24. All 20 teams tactically broken down looking at how they play, who’ve they recruited so far and what it all might look like this coming season. You can download your copy now as part of your monthly or annual membership.

Brandon Liss scouts Makhtar Gueye, a 195 cm striker signed by RWDM in Belgium after a successful loan spell in Spain last season – with the side losing 4-0 on the opening day, can he kickstart their campaign? Brandon looks at his game.

In the World Cup, the Netherlands have impressed – Ahmed ElDaly explains their tactical approach and why they could go deep into the tournament.

New Zealand have exited in the group stages, but one area in which they excelled was set plays. Karim ES analyses what made them stand out.

Sweden are also dominating their opponents’ box from corners – Marcel Seifeddine has taken a closer look at what they are doing.

Australia have been dealt a cruel hand in losing their star player Sam Kerr to injury so far – but, as David Astill explains, you have to play with what you have so he looks at how the joint-hosts have adapted as a result.

Arianna Caruso’s brace wasn’t enough to prevent Le Azzurre from crashing out of the World Cup, suffering a 3-2 loss to South Africa. Still, the future looks bright for Juventus’ rising midfield star, who Selim Ben Hmida can tell you a lot about.

Sweden have cruised through the World Cup group stages, conceding just one goal in three games while scoring a grand total of nine. New FC Bayern centre-back Magdalena Eriksson has been pivotal to their solid defence and fruitful attack thus far; read about why she was one of the WSL’s best at Chelsea.

Away from the World Cup, Facundo González is reportedly all set to join Juventus from Valencia. The young centre-back was one of five exciting U21 Uruguayans we profiled in a recent article. Read about the new Juventus man and his promising compatriots.

João Cancelo’s future remains up in the air, with Xavi’s Barcelona linked with a move for the Manchester City full-back pending the departure of Ousmane Dembélé. We analysed why the Portuguese player is ‘more than just an inverted full-back’ — check out that piece to see what seemingly has Barca so interested.

That’s it for today – we are back at the same time tomorrow. Spread the word!

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