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Jamaica’s rock-solid defence, why Varela could thrive in Portugal, everything you need on Musah, Doku and Hartman

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.

Jamaica surprised many by getting out of their group at the World Cup. Their success has been built on a rock-solid defence and Sakhu Mpofo explains how they do it in detail.

Alan Varela looks like the next South American taxi off the rank to Europe as he is being linked to Porto – Rui Martins scouts him in detail to see whether he can have an immediate impact in Portugal.

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.

Yesterday, Brandon Liss scouted 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 looked at his game.

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

Back at the World Cup, The USA take on Sweden this Sunday in a marquee Round of 16 clash. We highlighted Alex Morgan as the USA’s key player in our pre-tournament preview magazine; we analysed why she was a shining star in San Diego Wave’s 2022 debut NWSL campaign.

Before that, in Sunday’s early kick-off, the Netherlands face South Africa. We highlighted Daniëlle van de Donk as the key Dutch star in our pre-tournament preview – we have an in-depth analysis from our archives focusing on her game.

Meanwhile, PSG are said to be closing in on a deal to sign Benfica’s Gonçalo Ramos. We looked at the Portuguese striker in 2020, explaining how pivotal he was to his team’s advancement to the 2019/20 UEFA Youth League Final.

Yunus Musah is reportedly set to join AC Milan. Read about what has the Serie A giants so keen on the 20-year-old in our 2020/21 scout report.

And today we have some scout reports from our xGOLD database – we look at who is being linked where and you can read our in-depth reports below.

Jérémy Doku is being linked to Man City – we scouted him back in May.

Quilindschy Hartman is being linked to Burnley – we scouted him two weeks ago.

Gustav Isaksen could be on his way to AC Milan – we took a closer look back in April.

St Gallen’s Emmanuel Latte Lath is wanted by Ludogorets – our May report tells you all you need to know.

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

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