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A TFA talent from Serbia, how Chile’s undervalued challengers are exceeding expectations and Ronny Delia’s attacking tactics explained

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.

Today’s TFA Talent is Samed Bazdar, a 19 y/o 10 currently at Partizan in Serbia with great vision ready to make a big impact at Tier 2 – xGOLD initially identified him as an interesting profile in March 2023 and we revisited him yesterday to update our report.

Ronny Delia has made a great start at Club Brugge and Brandon Liss dives deep into the attacking tactics behind their impressive early form.

I doubt many can tell you the reason why Cobresal are exceeding expectations in Chile but Rui Martins can – he looks at why the undervalued team are surprising many.

Lutsharel Geertruida linked with a big move from Feyenoord to Bayern Munich – xGOLD first identified Geertruida as a very interesting profile for a top Tier 1 club back in Feb 2022.

Nathan Wood of Swansea linked to a Russell Martin reunion at Southampton – we first scouted Wood for a client back in August 2022 and tracked him since feeling he could have a good impact for a Tier 1 side, meaning Southampton will be recruiting well if they get him.

Andrej Djuric moves to Red Star Belgrade (FK Crvena zvezda) from NK Domzale – xGOLD first identified Djuric as an interesting profile in September 2022 and we have scouted him several times since, believing he could have a medium impact for a Tier 4 club.

Adson of Corinthians signs for FC Nantes – our xGOLD tool first identified as a player of interest in March 2023 and we felt he was ready to make a big impact for a Tier 2 team.

Jesper Karlsson goes from AZ Alkmaar to Serie A and Bologna – our xGOLD tool identified Karlsson as an interesting profile back in June 2022 and we scouted him again in March 2023, still of the belief that he was Tier 1 ready.

World champion Esther González has moved to the NWSL with Gotham FC, read about why she was one of Europe’s most in-form strikers last season with Real Madrid.

At 21 years of age, highly-rated and sought-after Gabri Veiga has departed Europe for Saudi Arabia with Al Ahli; read about what qualities led him to emerge as a first-team talent from Celta Vigo’s academy via our scout report.

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Matheus Nunes is said to be Manchester City’s latest transfer target, remind yourself of why he stirred plenty of interest during his time at Sporting CP back in 2021/22.

Meanwhile, after plenty of speculation this summer, Bernardo Silva has ultimately extended his stay at the Etihad — back in 2018, we analysed why a player of his ilk is crucial for Pep Guardiola in the modern football landscape.

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

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