Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter is impressed with Percy Tau after the striker completed his first training session with the English Premier League side.
On Thursday afternoon, the ‘Seagulls’ announced the recall of the Bafana Bafana international from his loan at Belgian side RSC Anderlecht where he impressed in the first half of the season.
Tau wasted no time in getting involved with his new teammates and joined the afternoon training session just hours after his return was officially announced.
Speaking to the local media after training, coach Graham Potter said he sees the 26-year-old fitting in very well in the set up. “No, I think he will be quick (to adapt) judging by what I saw today. He is a nice personality who fits in with the group well and then his attributes are quite easy to fit around so I don’t see a problem there,” said Potter.
The manager continued to highlight that the former Mamelodi Sundowns talisman will have to fight for his place in the team. “Obviously there’s other players as well in the team so there’s competition, which is what you expect in the Premier League, but that’s good for us. We need that healthy competition,” he added.
Tau was a regular member of the starting XI under former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht, but he might not be able to hit the ground running with Brighton as he faces stiff competition from the likes of Neal Maupay, Aaron Connolly, Danny Welbeck and Leandro Trossard who have all been competing for regular spots in the starting XI. The ‘Seagulls’ currently sit in 17th spot on the table with 14 points from 17 games.
In Belgium, the former Proximus League Player of the Year netted four goals and laid an assist for another before his parent club decided to exercise the recall clause and summon him to the United Kingdom.
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