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Why bigger teams than PSV should be looking at Bakayoko and why Frattesi isn’t an obvious replacement for Brozovic

It’s the #TacticalThursday newsletter for the week – full of analysis, scouting and tactics. Come and fill up on your football knowledge – follow the Total Football Analysis page, join the newsletter squad and make us part of your day every day.

Johan Bakayoko enjoyed a breakout campaign last season with PSV and is now being linked to AC Milan and RB Leipzig – Brandon Liss takes a closer look at the winger and explains what he could offer his next team.

Marcelo Brozovic is one of many players heading to Saudi this summer – at Inter, they have moved quickly to bring in Davide Frattesi on loan. Rui Martins explains why he is not a direct replacement but will add plenty to Inzaghi’s midfield.

ICYMI yesterday, Head of Women’s Football David Astill kicks us off today by taking a look at OL Reign and analysing why they’ve been able to score such a high proportion of their goals with headers – and as we all love a statistical outlier, you’ll enjoy this.

And then our Head of Set Piece Analysis Marcel Seifeddine uses examples from the Champions League, Serie A and the Premier League to explain the different ways of defending corners – what works and what doesn’t.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 is nearly upon us and we have tactically previewed every single team in the tournament (yes, all 32 of them) helping you understand how each team plays and who are the key players to look out for. At 314 pages, this is our biggest magazine yet and it is the only guide to the tournament you need – and it is 100% free of charge to everyone. Join coaches, national team analysts and TV pundits all over the world by getting your download now.

On Saturday, we will release July’s TFA Scouted Magazine – you definitely don’t want to miss it as it is full of new scouting features!

Fintan has dipped into the archive of 8000+ articles and found these pieces which have relevance today…

Yann Bisseck has joined Inter from Aarhus for a reported €7m. The young German centre-back was one of our ‘young players to watch out for’ in this data analysis focusing on finding the best centre-backs in Denmark in 2021.

Pau Torres will link back up with Unai Emery at Aston Villa. Last year, he was heavily linked to Manchester United and we explained why we didn’t view him as the man to fix their defensive woes. Will he help the Villans in their UEFA Europa Conference League quest next season, though? Our old report will help you decide.

Lena Petermann and Janice Cayman have made the move to Leicester City this week. We analysed the turning point that led to their 2022/23 WSL great escape. Can the new signings help them avoid the danger zone more comfortably in 2023/24?

RB Leipzig seem intent on making Lens’ Loïs Openda their record signing this summer. Les Sang et Or finished just one point behind PSG last season in Ligue 1, and you can read our September 2022 analysis of their successful start to the campaign.

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