Percy Tau has spoken about his future at Brighton and Hove Albion.
The Bafana Bafana forward has struggled to break into Graham Potter’s starting line-up since returning from his loan spell at Belgian giants Anderlecht in January.
Tau has managed to make just three English Premier League appearances for the Seagulls. His only goal contribution came on May 15 when he came off the bench to help Brighton salvage a 1-1 home draw against West Ham United.
His lack of game time has resulted in a number of reports suggesting that he might leave the club or be loaned out for next season.
Speaking to IOL, the 27-year-old said he will be staying in Brighton to fight for his place in the team.
“I don’t think anyone is thinking of that (a loan deal) at this stage. It has been six months that I’ve been at Brighton and if they were to loan me out, it would be based on what exactly? I didn’t play enough. I am looking to fight for my position.
“We are still on the same page with the club. They still want me to stay and play and I also want to fight for my position. You know what they say, they say you want to see the future. As things stand at the moment, we are both on agreement terms.”
Tau has been included in coach David Notoane’s preliminary squad for the Tokyo Olympics and he might be selected as one of the over-aged players in the team.
The ‘Lion of Judah’ is willing to take any responsibility that his country bestow on him.
“I think we’ll take the responsibility well because there’s many of us that can handle it. I am sure that there are young players that will want to take the responsibility because there are tournaments that will want them to be responsible.
“It’s going to be challenging because some of us don’t enjoy being leaders or always talking. But now, there’s no one and we’ll be forced to talk and lead, but we’ll see how it goes. I came home to rest but the programme is tight and there’s a lot to do.”
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