Despite the raving reviews Percy Tau has received for his debut against Manchester City, his coach Graham Potter has revealed why it was always going to be difficult for the Lion of Judah against the Citizens.
Tau’s performance on Wednesday defied the first-match jitters usually associated with making a debut against a team of City’s calibre.
Not for one moment did Tau seem overawed by Pep Guardiola’s star-studded side, instead, he looked composed, assured and confident as if he were a seasoned campaigner in England’s elite league.
Tau’s debut lasted for 67 minutes and was eventually with Neal Maupay coming on for the 26-year-old. Speaking to the media after the match, Potter was pleased with Tau’s Seagulls debut, and has hinted that he could feature regularly in Brighton’s upcoming matches.
“It is a difficult game for him to start for a forward because they make you defend as a team. So that takes away a little bit of his attacking qualities, along with Leo (Trossard),” Potter said.
“They both work so hard for the team, they work so hard and were fantastic in that regard. They grew and grew.
“He (Tau) has only been with us for a week, we have to make sure he is available for the coming games, good first game, he will get better and he will get a better understanding with us,” Potter added.
Brighton’s next assignment comes in the form of a Marcelo Bielsa-led Leeds United, where Tau could feature at Elland Road, a stadium where Lucas Radebe earned cult status during his time as captain of the Peacocks.
Scroll through the gallery for images from Tau's first Brighton training session.