Anele Ngcongca has waxed lyrical about his former Mamelodi Sundowns teammate Percy Tau’s abilities and believes he would be a major coup for any top club in the French League.
Crowned Player of the Season in the Belgian second division for Royal Union St Gilloise last season, the 25-year-old had a fairly remarkable season with Club Brugge, who were recently declared Belgian champions after the season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tau netted four goals and made eight assists in 17 starts across all competitions over the course of the 2019/20 campaign.
Tau, signed by English Premiership side Brighton & Hove Albion in July 2018, has been sent out to two separate loan deals due to his inability to secure a work permit in England.
“It’s time for Percy to go and challenge himself in France. The repeated loan spells aren’t good for him at all. He’s got to play for top teams like Marseille and Lyon consistently and play in the Champions League,” said Ngcongca.
He added that the exposure he got while representing Genk in European competitions was overly enriching.
Belgian clubs, Ngcongca says, benefit from strong connections with clubs in England, France and Germany. Several African players including his Genk teammate, Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly, four-time African Footballer of the Year, Yaya Toure, Leicester City’s Nigerian anchorman, Wilfred Ndidi, have used Jupiler as a stepping stone to reach the next level.
“Belgium is strategically located, an average of three hours away from Germany, France, the Nertherlands and England. So it’s easy for scouts to spot players and I’d think this is the right time for Percy to move.”
The Mamelodi Sundowns defender warns his former teammate to avoid being comfortable with loan deals in Belgium and push for a permanent move elsewhere “while there’s still time”.
The 2017/18 PSL Footballer of the Year turns 26 next Thursday.
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By Mthokozisi Dube