There is an age old belief within football circles that you cannot win anything with a side dependant on youngsters, yet me being the firm believer in youth development that I am, I cannot help but hope that the young stars of the future on display at the 2016 UEFA European Championships take this opportunity that fate has afforded them to make the world of football sit up and truly appreciate the magnificence that these wunderkinds have been created to grace us with. A plethora of talented players will be keen to showcase their talent in the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship; we at GSV would like to hone our binoculars in on the u/23 players that will be looking to etch their mark on the global game, without further ado, we present to you the UEFA EURO 2016 Young Guns To Watch. Prendre plaisir!
Full Name: Jonathan Glao Tah
DoB: February 11th, 1996 (20)
PoB: Hamburg, Germany
Nationalities: German, Ivorian
Position/s: Fullback, Wingback, Ball-Playing Defender, Stopper Defender, Cover Defender (Right/Centre)
Height: 1, 94m
Club: Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Club Career Record: 96 Games, 5 Assists
National Team Record: 1 Cap
The Grand Stand View
We’ve often witnessed how a promising young footballer blossoms and comes into their own, after being handed an opportunity to fulfil that promise at the elite level; a breakthrough season can be career defining for a young player, breaking through that plateau allows that player, their coaches and the fans an opportunity to aim for the next stage in the development process, with an increased degree of faith. Jonathan Tah is a talented young lad who is fresh off his breakthrough season at club level, having established himself as a regular for Bayer Leverkusen off the back of solid performances that have seen him also get the nod for the senior national team side for a major international tournament.
A strappingly built man mountain of a footballer, Jonathan Tah combines good mobility with great power and impressive defensive dexterity, to make for a combative defender who is capable of dominating aerially, while also making great interceptions and tackles on the ground. Blessed with impressive levels of composure and anticipation, for such a young defender, Jonathan displays great strength in the tackle and is also well versed in the art of starting attacking moves from the back, with a pass out to a wide player on the move, or a direct ball over the top for a forward to latch onto.
Jonathan Tah is a marvel to watch when he is in full flow, dominating opponents on the defensive end with his ability to mark forwards out of the game, or make decisive tackles that can turn defence into attack in an instant. A very versatile young defender, who can play at full back, centre back or even lend his qualities as a defensive midfield anchorman, Jonathan Tah has all to physical, technical and mental gifts to succeed at the elite level, and develop into a world-class defender for club & country in the years to come.