It feels like yesterday when Bafana Bafana striker Percy Tau left Mamelodi Sundowns to join English Premier League side Brighton &Hove Albion on a four-year-deal.
The 26-year-old unfortunately did not qualify for a British work permit with Bafana Bafana ranked outside the top 50 nations in the FIFA world rankings and his price tag being below the minimum 15 million Euros minimum needed.
On top of that his salary was too low to give him the points needed to apply for a work permit in the UK.
Brighton had to loan Tau out to another league in Europe where he would gain experience while trying to earn the much-needed points to acquire a British work permit. Tau was sent out on loan to Belgian Proximus League side Royale Union Saint Gilloise where he won Player of the Season scoring 13 goals and assisting a further 13 strikes in all competitions in the 2018/19 season before going out on another loan to top tier side Club Brugge where he won the Belgian Pro League title last season.
At Brugge, the striker scored four goals and assisted another 8 in all competitions last season.
Although the striker had now spent two seasons in Belgium, he was still far from getting his work permit this season and Brighton have once again loaned him out to another Belgian club, this time to giants RSC Anderlecht where he has played 9 league games and has scored four goals so far in the 2020/21 season.
Speaking to Brighton’s official website the Bafana star feels he has made a lot of progress since his move from Mamelodi Sundowns back in 2018. “I feel like I have made a lot of progress during my three years in Europe so far. My adjustments have to be quick because each year I have been at a different club. That’s been really good for me because I have learned to adapt to new environments and new people,” said Tau.
When players move abroad, they often return home after a season or two because they struggle to adapt to the culture and conditions of their new home, something Tau feels he has done well to manage.
“The quicker I am able to adapt to those changes the better I will do on the pitch. When I look back at my games, I can see how I am improving all the time. I feel stronger for the experience. I have made lots of memories and have won the league title in Belgium, so it has been great for me,” he concluded.
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