Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter has confirmed that the English Premier League club is interested in bringing Bafana Bafana striker Percy Tau to England.
With growing speculation about Tau’s future, Brighton manager Graham Potter has confirmed that a plan to recall the attacker from Belgian club Anderlecht – where he’s on loan – is in motion as his parent club battles for survival in England’s top tier.
“It’s fair to say it’s something we’re looking to do, but there’s a few things to go through first,” he told Sky Sports.
“He brings some attributes that are interesting, he has had good experience in Belgium. He brings something a little different to what we have got and he wants to take the next step in his career – we want to help him do that,” he concluded.
Tau has had quite a journey since leaving South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns to join English Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion in 2018.
Work permit restrictions prevented the 26-year-old attacker from playing in England’s topflight with South Africa’s low FIFA ranking, his transfer fee and a low salary being some of the few factors which affected his chances of acquiring a work permit in the United Kingdom.
An initial loan move to Brighton’s sister club Royale Union Saint Gilloise in the Belgian second division was the striker’s first home in Europe. He grabbed the opportunity with both hands going on to win the league’s Player of the Season accolade in his first year in Europe. Tau’s performances attracted interest from clubs across Belgium and giants Club Brugge signed him on a loan deal for the 2019/20 season.
At Brugge the former Absa Premiership Player of the Season won the league title, played in both the UEFA Champions League and the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League where he faced clubs like Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United. This season he is on his third loan spell in Belgium with RSC Anderlecht and he has began life well under former Manchester City coach Vincent Kompany who plays him in his favourite free role behind the strikers.
In 13 league games for Anderlecht he has scored four league goals and earned his place as a regular player with the club as they try to reclaim their former glory and remind the world why they became the most successful club in Belgium.
Tau returned to action last weekend after being sidelined for almost a month through injury, but it wasn’t a happy return as Anderlecht fell to a 1-0 defeat away at Charleroi. On Sunday, the former Belgian champions host high-flying Beerschot in their last game of 2020.
It has been a good year for the Witbank-born talisman even at international level as he scored three crucial goals as Bafana Bafana took on Sao Tome ePrincipe in the 2021 AFCON qualifiers in November to keep South Africa’s qualification hopes alive.
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