South African striker Percy Tau says he is very blessed to be back at his parent club Brighton and Hove Albion after being away on loan in Belgium.
Tau completed his return to Brighton and Hove Albion on Thursday thanks to a change in the work permit rules in the United Kingdom after Brexit.
The 26-year-old spoke to the club’s official website saying he is very pleased to have finally come home. The club has successfully managed to register the player meaning that he could make his debut for Albion on Sunday as they take on Newport County in the third round of the English FA Cup.
“I am blessed to be here, it has been a long journey and I am grateful for the opportunity in front of me. There has always been an excitement back home since I signed for Brighton. I have been out on loan and now they’re now celebrating the fact that I am back and ready to play.
“We don’t have many South Africans playing in the Premier League. We used to in the past, but at the moment we don’t so it gives them pride to see me with Brighton,” he said.
He returns to the ‘Amex’ after two-and-a-half years out on loan where he played for Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, Club Brugge and recently Anderlecht.
He scored four goals in the first half of the 2020/21 season for the Belgian giants before being recalled back to England. The ‘Lion of Judah’ believes his time in Belgium was a success.
“It was great and I had some success, I won the league there, I got to play in the Champions League and I have played for two of the biggest teams in Belgium. The experience at each club was different and I had to adapt to that environment. But that has helped me grow as a person and I understand a few things better now. I have had more experiences of meeting new people and getting used to different surroundings.
“I have learned to show my personality. I am confident, I believe in the talent that God gave me and I will work hard for the team. Most teams have a personality that they want you to show. It’s an early stage at Brighton for me and I am learning more about the team’s personality, but with time I will understand how they operate,” he continued.
Former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany welcomed the South African at Anderlecht and promised to take him to the Premier League when his loan comes to an end at the Brussels-based club. After he was appointed as the head coach of Anderlecht, Tau played almost all the games under the Belgian.
“Vincent Kompany gave me his opinion and I will always be grateful to him for showing me the way to go, his experience can help me in my journey. One of the most important things he said to me was to believe and trust in the coach,” Tau concluded.
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By Prince Sobayeni