South African striker Percy Tau is on the verge of returning to his parent club, Brighton and Hove Albion this January.
Last year, this publication reported that the English Premier League club had included a recall clause when he went on loan at Belgian club, Anderlecht.
The growing possibility of Britain exiting the European Union fuelled speculation about Tau’s much-awaited return to Brighton after two-and-a-half years on loan in Belgium where he has been getting game time and experience while hoping for his work permit situation to improve.
The 26-year-old missed Anderlecht’s training sessions last weekend and reports coming out of England suggest that he is in the United Kingdom to complete his paperwork to acquire a work permit before joining up with his new teammates.
Tau has struggled to get a work permit since leaving his native country in 2018 due to Bafana Bafana’s low ranking, his price tag and monthly salary.
English publication The Athletic reports that the work permit restrictions have now been eased, which will allow the ‘Lion of Judah’ to finally be granted his work permit pending an endorsement from the Premier League’s governing body.
Anderlecht manager, Vincent Kompany already said that Brighton is doing everything in their power to recall the player and he thinks Tau will be a big asset for them having spent the last six months coaching him. In 14 Belgian First Division A appearances this season the Witbank-born striker has scored four league goals and laid an assist for another.
Since arriving in Belgium his star has been on the rise.
In 2018 Tau won the Proximus League Player of the Year award after scoring six goals and assisting another seven in 23 league games. In that season he also helped the club reach the Belgian Cup knockout round where they fell to KV Mechelen in the Semi-final stage.
His performances for Saint-Gilloise attracted giants Club Brugge who signed him on loan for the 2019/20 season.
At Brugge the Bafana Bafana man won the Belgian Pro League title and featured in both the UEFA Europa League and Champions League against the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
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