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EPL preview mag, 5 TFA Scouted reports, U23s in Bundesliga you need to watch, why Leipzig have signed Lukeba and coaching deep runs from midfield…

Good morning tactics fans and welcome to the #TFIFriday 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.

The Premier League kicks off tonight but are you up-to-speed on all the tactical stuff for the season ahead? If not, don’t worry – we’ve got your back with our full tactical preview magazine.

The Bundesliga will be underway soon enough and it is always a hotbed for new young talent on and off the pitch. Luis Kircher crunches the data to highlight 5 under-the-radar talents you need to know about.

RB Leipzig have signed Castello Lukeba from Lyon in their bid to replace Josko Gvardiol in their starting XI. Read how he became a €20m-rated YPOTY nominee in his debut season of 2021/22.

Deep runs from midfield are hard to defend and an important part of an attacking game – in his tactical theory piece, Sakhu Mpofo uses Napoli and Brazil women to explain their use and how to coach them.

Amid links to Pep Guardiola’s treble winners, it’s an appropriate time to read about Lucas Paquetá and his qualities that made him Brazil’s best possible partner for Neymar in the 2021 Copa América.

ICYMI yesterday, Westerlo are proving to be one of the smartest clubs in Belgium when it comes to recruitment and they have impressed again with their latest signing – Brandon Liss looked closely at Josimar Alcócer, the 19 y/o Costa Rican winger.

Vitoria SC have been weakened this window, losing Ibrahima Bamba and Andre Amaro. Rui Martins explained what this means for the team heading into the new season.

Over on TFA Scouted, we have these 5 reports that are of note today.

Víctor Dávila of Club Leon is being linked with a move to Europe and CSKA Moscow – we scouted Davila two weeks ago and felt the 25-year-old could play in a Tier 1 league, so are Moscow potentially getting a very good signing for the level?

Emmanuel Sabbi is swapping Denmark and Odense for Ligue 2 in France with a move to Le Harve – we scouted the 25-year-old forward in May and felt he was capable of playing in a Tier 2 league, so have Le Harve signed a game-changer?

Raul Garcia has moved from one La Liga club to another in signing for Osasuna from Real Betis – we scouted Garcia recently and felt he was a Tier 2 level striker, so is this a clever signing by Osasuna or a bad one? Time will tell!

Alex Scott has been talked about as a potential big move for some time and yesterday a move to the Premier League was finally confirmed, joining Bournemouth for €25m – our most recent report on him was in April, where we predicted he could have a big impact at Tier 1 level (obviously).

Gabri Veiga of Celta Vigo is wanted by Chelsea, Napoli and more this summer – we scouted Veiga back in November 2022 and felt he was very much ready for a Premier League move.

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

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