Jonathan Tah’s defensive skills are also elite.
In 28 league games this past season, Tah averaged 1.3 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 4.1 clearances, and 0.8 blocks per game. His interception numbers, however, have often been even better in past seasons. Tah has averaged over two interceptions per game during his career, including averaging an absurd 3.1 interceptions per game in 29 league games in 2015-16.
Tah is a very composed player at all times. He rarely commit fouls (he averaged 0.5 fouls per game this past season) or puts himself in a position where he leaves the defense exposed. His execution on tackles and interceptions is also superb.
Over the course of his career, Tah has consistently rated out as one of the best defenders in the Bundesliga. He’s posted a form rating of a 6.9 or greater in every league season he’s played so far in his career, a very solid mark for a defender to have.
You can see his whole range of defensive skills on display here.
Tah shows all of the requisite defensive skills that a team is looking for in an elite center back.