Percy Tau could make his Brighton and Hove Albion Premier League debut on Wednesday night against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
The 26-year-old has already made his debut for the club, coming on in the FA Cup third round victory against Newport County on Sunday evening.
Tau was introduced after 71 minutes as Brighton went on to win 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 stalemate. Speaking to the club’s official website before they travel to Manchester, Graham Potter was impressed by the way the South African applied himself after coming on for his first game in the white and blue colours of the Seagulls.
“We’re excited of course, he’s only been with us a few days, but I think you can see his quality,” Potter explained.
“It’s a difficult environment for him to make his debut in, away at Rodney Parade, it’s a unique football environment there, but he just got on with it. You can see his ability and what he brings. We’re looking forward to getting to know him better and him getting to know us better and I think that’s how the relationship improves,” he added.
Brighton is currently having a crisis with many of their attacking players injured or suspended for the crucial encounter. Tariq Lamptey, Adam Lallana, Danny Welbeck and Aaron Connoly are all out through injury while Malian anchor Yves Bissouma is suspended for the clash. A late medical team decision has also ruled out Alireza Jahanbakhsh which might be a life-line for the South African forward.
With all the injuries, the former Absa Premiership Player of the Season might be thrown in to prove his worth. Brighton is just three points above the relegation zone and a draw or win against Pep Guardiola’s charges would be very crucial.
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