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Tau's Suitors' Belgian Connection...

Could Brighton Send Percy Tau On Loan To Belgium?

By Soccer Laduma - Jul 05, 2018 04:30 PM

Brighton & Hove Albion have reportedly set a deadline for Mamelodi Sundowns to make up their minds on Percy Tau, but can he play there?

There has been plenty of talk of late regarding the Bafana Bafana international’s future, with the 24-year-old staying away from training with Masandawana amid talk of a move to the English Premier League side.  

Read: Euro Duo Consider Rantie Move?

Whether Sundowns agree to sell Tau before today’s deadline remains to be seen, but another important aspect of the deal is the fact that a work permit could prove to be difficult for the attacker to obtain. 

With that in mind, Brighton's owner also owns Royale Union Saint-Gilloise in the Belgian Second Division - a link that could be beneficial for Tau. If the club does indeed sign him, Belgium could be a possible destination for him in the form of a loan deal for his immediate future. 

The club finished sixth last season and Tony Bloom will be eager for them to try and secure a spot in the top-flight with next season’s performances, should they potentially see Tau as part of that plan. 

Here’s a breakdown of the work permit rules standing in the way of Tau playing in the EPL, even if he does sign for Brighton.

FIFA Ranking (average over two years) – Percentage of matches required
1-10 – 30%+
11-20 – 45%+
21-30 – 60%+
31-50 – 75%+

If the player does not meet these requirements with regards to FIFA ranking or percentage of games then there is still a chance that they can make a move to England, however their case has to be brought before the ‘Exceptions Panel’ who then use a points system to see whether the player is eligible for a permit.  

Should the player score four or more points in the primary points system then the panel may recommend but is not obliged to recommend - that a permit is granted. 

If the player scores less than four, then the secondary points system comes in to play and a total of five points over the two systems must be accumulated in order for him to be recommended for a permit.  

Primary Points System
3 points - Transfer fee is above the 75% of qualifying transfers – thought to be around £15m at this point.
3 points – Wages being paid are above 75% of qualifying wages.
2 points - Transfer fee is between the 50-75% of qualifying transfers.
2 points - Wages being paid between the 50-75% of qualifying wages.
1 point - Current club is in a top league* and the player has played in 30% or more of the available domestic league minutes.
1 point - Current club has played in the group stages or onwards of a continental competition within the last 12 months and the player has played in 30% or more of the available domestic league minutes. 

Secondary Points System
1 point - Transfer fee being paid for the player is within 20% of the 75th and 50th percentile of qualifying transfers.
1 point - Wages being paid to the player by the applicant club are within 20% of the 75th and 50th percentile of qualifying wages.
1 point - Current league club is in a secondary league** and the player has played in at least 30% of the available domestic league minutes.
1 point - Current club has played in the final qualification rounds of a continental competition within the last 12 months and the player has played in at least 30% of the available domestic league minutes.
1 point – Player has played in the secondary percentage of national team games OR the player’s national team was a semifinalist in the Asian Cup or African Cup of Nations in the 12 months prior to application.

With all of this in mind, while subjective criteria can also be taken into consideration, it is highly unlikely that any South African footballer, let alone one still playing in Mzansi, will be able to get a work permit in the UK any time soon.

*Top League –
· The six (6) European leagues which provide the most players to the top 20 squads in the FIFA Aggregated World Rankings at the relevant point in time; and

· The two (2) Central and South American leagues which provide the most players to the top twenty (20) squads in the FIFA Aggregated World Rankings at the relevant point in time.

**Secondary League –
· The 2 European leagues which are not top leagues but provide the next most players to the top twenty (20) squads in the FIFA Aggregated World Rankings at the relevant point in time; and,

· The Central and South American league which is not a top league but which provides the third most players to the top twenty (20) squads in the FIFA Aggregated World Rankings at the relevant point in time. 


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MDANANA Joined: 05 Jul 2012
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MDANANA Jul 10, 2018 05:44 PM
So he doesn't qualify! What about Germany, Italy or France? This boy can walk to any 1st team in these 3 countries
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soccer Yemi Joined: 08 Oct 2017
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soccer Yemi Jul 10, 2018 02:06 AM
Hooo! poor boy.Fifa rules! rules!! rules!!! Eish!
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Swinedunus-6-Rats-0-namanje Joined: 18 Jul 2017
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Swinedunus-6-Rats-0-namanje Jul 08, 2018 07:09 AM
This is nonsense Tau must remain at Dunusa or go to France not this stupid England country.
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JustinGP Joined: 01 Jul 2018
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JustinGP Jul 08, 2018 06:50 AM
Nw we need calculators to check if our players can play overseas .God hve mercy
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Bhelekhulu Joined: 02 Jul 2017
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Bhelekhulu Jul 07, 2018 05:00 PM
Sundowns is not players prison, but those who think so they must go to hell, Sundowns will never sell a good player to cowzer chimpanzes never.
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Jujubhaka Jul 07, 2018 01:48 PM
If Tau wants out, Sundowns must get their moola, finish. As for breaking Downs, Sundowns's belief in their own paid off(Pitso), CAF champions. They will dominate this season again. Players think small, if they can be sacrificial and raise the league, future generations and SA will benefit. But then again Bongani Z is climbing the ladder abroad and doing good. This is hard and exciting. Decisions, decisions.
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Kidos Jul 07, 2018 10:15 AM
Rumours going around are that Dunu want 71 millions for Tau. This is unfair because Tau, wants to play overseas. How can you keep unhappy player?
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sprinkie Jul 06, 2018 12:24 PM
@MIX n MATCH dream on dreamer
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sprinkie Jul 06, 2018 12:23 PM
@@ Tchillimbou 2-0 you are stupid
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Ijustblog Jul 06, 2018 08:53 AM
@Rockyrantsha4208 you just proved that there are no critical thinkers in Africa, the long process for African players to get playing permits overseas is to control foreign influx, for us as African we shouldn't be crying to get our players there, but we should be working on improving our our leagues, and pay our players good. Then when continental competition we are able to dominate. When do we own what we have and what we are? the same Julius you talking about has a farm in polokwane that he bought when he was still with anc, that farm never belonged to his forefathers, and yet he comes and wind people to get land back, he must do the right thing first give that farm back for free to the indigenous people then we can talk. So critical thinking it's not crosing and connecting the dots on the surface but but it's deep.
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Muscular_Tall18 Jul 06, 2018 07:18 AM
Bobby fetch.
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chiefs is useless Jul 06, 2018 06:19 AM
Free Tau from Chlorokop Maximum prison
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monde downs ntete Jul 05, 2018 10:21 PM
Pls release Tau the noise is too much now, people think he is more than Sundowns
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alizebucs1986 Jul 05, 2018 09:35 PM
Enjoy Cloorkop Prison Tau
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mokobane74@gmail.com Jul 05, 2018 09:16 PM
It doesn't if he is going to play or loaned out Sundowns must just give Tau what he wants.He must ask Dolly and Billiat,the same happened to Zane when he was suppose to go to Chiefs.
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Because Jul 05, 2018 08:24 PM
Tau is a good player as far as the psl is concerned but I doubt if he is ready for the Epl.My view.
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Rockyrantsha4208 Jul 05, 2018 08:20 PM
European power
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thabanakhosi Jul 05, 2018 08:13 PM
I got insulted here when I say the team have a plan in place for Tau .They knew he might not get permit
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Dismis chiefs Jul 05, 2018 07:35 PM
A good player must go overseas look zungu is shining there then you say sundowns mustn't accept offer whom are u i don't support downs but Tau you can shine overseas boy fight for your self if u get a chance use it tau
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Enthiiii Makhosi Jul 05, 2018 07:29 PM
Let this headless cheicken go

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