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Why Lyon have smashed their transfer record, an 18 y/o GK destined for the top, has Moyes strengthened his defence and why Ajax got Avila

Good morning tactics fans and welcome to the Wednesday 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 Plamen Andreev, an 18 y/o goalkeeper who we believe to have a very high ceiling. The sky is the limit for his longer-term future but presently, he is ready to make a move to a Tier 2 club and get regular minutes.

Barcelona Femeni have signed Esmee Brugts and she is tipped to have a big impact – David Astill explains why.

Lech Poznan look shaky defending set-pieces so Marcel Seifeddine has taken a closer look as to what the issues are.

Konstantinos Mavropanos is on his way back to the Premier League, as the former Arsenal man joins David Moyes’ West Ham United. Allow Lorihanna Balabanova to tell you about the Greek centre-back’s significant contribution to Stuttgart’s Bundesliga survival hopes back in 2021/22 — can he prove as impactful for the Hammers this term?

Meanwhile, as FC St. Gallen’s Leonidas Stergiou is set to replace Mavropanos at Stuttgart, why not read back over Lee Scott’s scout report highlighting five defenders to watch in 2022, with Stergiou having been included as one along with four other very interesting names.

Is Sydney van Hooijdonk to leave Bologna for Wolfsburg? We first scouted the Dutch striker back in September 22 and followed him through his loan spell with Heerenveen last campaign, feeling he could have a big impact for a Tier 2 club.

Dodi Lukebakio of Hertha has been linked with a move to La Liga Sevilla – we first scouted the winger in January 2023 on the request of a client and then followed him up in March of the opinion he was a top option for a bigger Tier 1 club.

Gaston Avila signs for Ajax for €12.5m leaving Antwerp of Belgium – Avila’s data stood out in April when we were looking for left-backs who could step up to Tier 1 clubs. We had no doubt that he has the potential to play for a top European side.

Hannes Delcroix goes from Anderlecht to Burnley for just €3m – we identified Delcroix as a player of high potential in January 2023 and scouted him two further times before the end of the season, having the opinion that he would have a medium impact in Tier 1 or be exceptional at Tier 2. This makes him an excellent signing for Burnley.

Lyon will look to 19-year-old Ernest Nuamah to breathe life into their season after they’ve signed the attacker from Nordsjælland for a reported club record fee. Read about the Right to Dream academy product in Bryant Marquesanalysis.

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