Tau Has Immense Ability, But He Cannot Do It Alone
As the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Burkina Faso was coming to an end the Bafana Bafana players looked wasted and almost willing for the referee to blow the final whistle.
The cameras turned to Percy Tau on the bench to most certainly give the commentators time to give the player his praise, and this might have also been because the proceedings on the pitch had become stale, but other observers might have also been reminded how much his influence would have changed the view of the game at that point.
Tau is a hard runner, and would have been constantly chasing after channelled balls and pressing opposition defenders till the very last minute of the game, one suspects he would keep up with the moon's orbit around earth if the challenge was ever presented, as we have witnessed whenever Mamelodi Sundowns are playing.
Added to this, are his silky skills and the agility that allows him to easily slalom past defences. However, he struggled several times in that regard during this encounter, especially when presented with one-on-ones in tight spaces where he gave away the ball too often. However this might have also been because he didn't have anyone matching his pace in the SA line up.
The team can be built around Tau with the confidence of everyone that he can deliver, but he's gonna need his team mates to match his work rate off the ball, and the coach has to find players who can compliment his attributes to be able to fully utilise his abilities.