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Why Marcus Thuram is the hottest free agent around and breaking down the philosophy of Ajax’s surprising managerial appointment…

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Marcus Thuram is one of the hottest free agents in town and Ahmed El-Daly analyses why many a top club would love him to sign on the dotted line.

When Ajax make an appointment, there’s usually an element of “yeah, that makes sense” – not so much this time with the arrival of Maurice Steijn from Sparta Rotterdam. Our Belgian football expert Brandon Liss analyses why Steijn’s philosophy makes it a little peculiar.

The UEFA U21 Championships is underway and we have a full tactical preview magazine of the tournament for you – every single team and how they play, plus their key players explained in detail.

And last week, we published our TFA Scouted Magazine – picking out 21 under-the-radar talents who impressed us in the U20 WC, so those players who might have been missed otherwise.

Steven Gerrard is currently the favourite to take over from Darren Moore at Sheffield Wednesday – read our analysis of Gerrard’s tactics and his preferred Christmas Tree formation.

Castello Lukeba is in talks with RB Leipzig over a proposed move this summer – we have an old scout report, showing why Lukeba has the potential to be a top centre-back in the future.

Marcelino has been announced as the new manager of French giants Marseille – read our tactical analysis of why Marcelino’s new side will be one of the most intense pressing teams in Europe.

Juanma Lillo is in talks with Manchester City to return as Pep Guardiola’s assistant – we recently analysed how Lillo worked in Qatar and redefined his football philosophy.

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