Agent: Tau Knew He Wouldn’t Play For Brighton…
Percy Tau Knew He Wouldn't Be Able To Play In England
Percy Tau ‘100% knew’ that he would be going out on loan after signing for Brighton & Hove Albion, according to one of the agents who was involved in his move from Mamelodi Sundowns.
Tau, who is now with Royale Union Saint-Gilloise in the Belgian Second Division, completed a big money move to England after peaking the interest of the Seagulls, however, work permit rules meant that it will be difficult for him to actually play for the club.
The Bafana Bafana international knew that would be the case though, as he put pen to paper on a long-term deal in the United Kingdom, and he wasted no time in getting his first goal for RUSG following his switch to Belgium on a season-long loan.
Rob Moore, who worked on the deal on behalf of Brighton, explained to Soccer Laduma recently that there were a couple of other clubs in Europe interested other than RUSG.
He said in an interview, “According to what his agent (Mmatsatsi Sefalafala) told me, he 100% knew that and she was clear to me that she knew he would be going out on loan. That was clear as day.
“I mentioned to Brighton that if he was to go on loan, my inclination – if I was his agent – would be to try and get him out to the best level club to develop him ahead of a possible return to the Premier League. Me and Lance Davids (my colleague) made some enquiries, and we had both Standard Liege (Belgium) and Utrecht (Netherlands), who wanted to take him on loan.
“Utrecht are a solid club in Holland, and Standard are in the final stages of qualification for European football this season. If he plays regular football in European competition, then it can help him get points towards his work permit that could’ve maybe helped him play in England in the future. This is all my personal opinion, of course; it’s all up to the player and his agent.”