Percy Tau has made a compelling argument why his English Premier League club, Brighton and Hove Albion, should not loan him out again.
“I don’t think anyone wants to do that at this stage. I have been with Brighton for six months, so if they were to loan me out it would be based on what exactly? I didn’t play enough. I am looking for fight for my position, that’s my intention,” Tau told the media at the Hyundai headquarters in Johannesburg where he was handed a new set of wheels.
Brighton signed the Bafana Bafana star in 2018 on the back of a stellar performance in the colours of Mamelodi Sundowns, just weeks after he was crowned the Footballer of the Season.
But Tau, now 27, was loaned out to Royale Union Saint-Gilloise in the Belgium second division, where he was again voted the best player in the Proximus League.
With the rules around work permits the stumbling block for Tau’s return to England, he was again told he would have to spend yet another year away from the club – he at least moved up a level by joining Club Brugge.
Brugge were also in the Uefa Champions League and Tau got to rub shoulders with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain superstars.
However, even that didn’t pave the way for a special dispensation for a work permit to play in the UK, meaning Brighton had to loan him out, again.
This time Tau joined Anderlecht, a move that was criticised and labelled as a step backwards given the Belgian side’s decline over the years.
With Covid-19 and the changes enforced by Brexit, Brighton seized the opportunity to recall Tau from his loan spell in January and registered him for the second half of their English Premier League campaign.
“We are still on the same page, me and the team. I have also spoken to the coach (Graham Potter) and we both agree that I have not played enough games – and I also want to fight for my position,” said Tau, who only managed six appearances on his Brighton return.
He is in Mzansi on a short recess, though he will also be part of Bafana Bafana’s first friendly match under new coach Hugo Broos early next month.
They play Uganda.
Story by @superjourno
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