Mamelodi Sundowns star Percy Tau will be plying his trade in Europe in the upcoming season after English club Brighton and Hove Albion spent £2.8m to secure the attacker’s services.
Prolific for both Sundowns and the South African National Team, for whom he has scored five times in twelve appearances, Tau will be immediately loaned out by the Seagulls to gain experience of the European game.
Speaking about the capture of the South African, Brighton boss Chris Hughton said:
“He is a player we have highlighted for the future and there is no doubting his talent, having been voted South African player of the season.”
“Percy will go out on loan this season, play regularly and get some experience of European football.”
“We will be watching his progress and monitoring his development over the season.”
During his time with the Sundowns, Tau helped the club win the CAF Champions League in 2016, as well as picking up multiple personal accolades such as Player of the Season for 17/18 and joint top goal-scorer.
Tau also spoke about the move and his subsequent loan away from the club:
“Going out on loan is always good to help a player develop and get better. It’s new for me to be in Europe, and I’ll get to work on myself and a few things that I need to improve.
“I’m hoping to get a better understanding of the game from playing there. It’s a different approach to what we’re used to in South Africa. It’s exciting football.”
“Last season was great, I got a few personal achievements, but we won the league as well, which is something that means so much to me.
“I’m happy to have gone down that path, but it’s over now and it’s time to make new memories.
“This move should help me play more international football. I’ll be learning a lot, which will also be good for my country.”
“Hopefully I can make some great memories here – I love making memories and I’m so happy to be here.
“I’m very impressed with the facilities, they’re better than what I’m used to. It’s something I expected and it’s a better place to be.”
His contract with the Seagulls will last for four-years, where he will link up with fellow new African signings Leon Balogun (Nigeria) and Yves Bissouma (Mali.)