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UK Journalist: Hopefully Tau Can Open Up A Way For SA Players In The EPL

A journalist in the United Kingdom, Callum Wright has weighed in on Percy Tau’s move to Brighton & Hove Albion in the English Premier League, explaining that he hopes the player’s permit issue can be resolved.

As confirmed by Mamelodi Sundowns, President Patrice Motsepe has instructed management at the Chloorkop-based club to finalise Tau’s move to Brighton, after the player apologised for being absent from training. 

Read more: Tau Apologises To Sundowns 

The 24-year-old is expected to make the move to the English club in the coming days, however, as things stand, it will be very difficult for Tau to secure a UK work permit and ply his trade in the English Premier League.  

Should Brighton be unable to solve the permit issues, Tau could likely be sent out on loan to another club for quite some time, with a possible destination being a second division club in Belgium, Union Saint Gilloise, which was bought by Brighton owner, Tony Bloom.

Freelance journalist in the United Kingdom, Callum Wright (@CallumWright_), who covers all the latest happenings in the English Premier League, said that he is hopeful that Tau’s permit issue can be resolved as it would open up a way for South African talents to get a shot in the English Premier League. 

“As talented as South African 24-year-old Percy Tau clearly is, history suggests a deal to bring him to the Premier League is both complicated and frustrating. At this point, I would suggest he may end up on the Brighton books, but on loan somewhere like Union Saint, who are also owned by Tony Bloom. Mamelodi Sundowns do appear to have softened their stance on the player and a take (it) or leave it offer would surely be huge for a club of their stature. Especially as the players contract runs out in 12 months,” Wright told Soccer Laduma. 

“I personally hope the permit issues can be quickly resolved and we can finally open a pathway for South African players to really get a shot in the Premier League,” he added.  

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