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Leicester City’s Summer Target Keen To Move To The Premier League: Should Rodgers Go In For Him?

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In a recent interview with Goal and SPOX, Leicester City‘s summer target Jonathan Tah, who plies his trade at Bayer 04 Leverkusen, has revealed that he is keen on a move to the Premier League. The German defender said, “The Premier League appeals to me, it has always been like that. I always had the feeling that my style of play would suit England well.

“The physicality of the league and the need to think quickly are qualities that suit my game. Opinions differ as to which league is the best in the world – for me it’s the Premier League.”

Tah’s Outstanding Form At The BayArena This Season

The Hamburg-born centre-half has made a strong start to this campaign as he produced a series of dominant displays at the heart of Peter Bosz’s defence despite being a sporadic option at the BayArena so far. He has taken part in ten matches for the German outfit this term, netting one goal and receiving 696 minutes of game time in the process on all fronts.

Tah has given a good account of himself on the defensive end of the field by averaging 1.2 interceptions, 0.6 interceptions and 2.0 clearances per game in this Bundesliga campaign. The 13-time German international had hardly given away the ball after completing 90.5% of his attempted passes in the German first division (stats via whoscored).

Leicester City's summer target Tah keen on Premier League move (Tah is defending in the picture)
Rangers’ Albanian forward Florian Kamberi (L) vies for the ball with Leverkusen’s German defender Jonathan Tah during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg football match between Rangers FC and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow on March 12, 2020. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

What Will The German Defensive Ace Bring To The King Power Stadium?

Standing at 1.95m, Tah can be a commanding presence inside his penalty box as he can use his incredible upper-body strength to overpower the opposition and win a lot of duels in the air for his side. He is also a decent tackler and can make some important interceptions at the back.

The German sensational is also proficient at clearing his lines when required and has established himself as one of the Bundesliga’s best defenders. However, he is yet to prove his worth outside his homeland, so there are some concerns over whether he will be able to hit the ground running in the Premier League if Rodgers decide to move in for him this winter.

Should The Foxes Go In With An Offer For Tah?

Right now, the East Midlands giants have got Christian Fuchs, Jonny Evans and Wesley Fofana playing well in Rodgers’ first XI. But Caglar Soyuncu has missed a significant chunk of this campaign due to injury which has left Rodgers with just Wes Morgan to fill in as a back-up centre-back on the bench.

Wilfried Ndidi has also shown in the past that he can play as a central defender if needed. Hence, the Foxes have no immediate need to add a fresh face to their defensive department in January. However, Wes Morgan’s current deal expires at the end of this campaign which could open up a spot for Rodgers to add Tah if he is still available next summer.

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