The Monday Column: Percy Tau must head overseas
Posted: 9 October 2017 Time: 13:00
The name Percy Muzi Tau will be remembered by the Burkina Faso defenders who just did not have any answers on how to deal with the speedy Mamelodi Sundowns forward.
He was a nightmare to handle, making dangerous runs on the flanks, getting into good spaces and making some clever passes which left defenders at sixes and sevens.
For a while now there have been calls for Tau to start Bafana Bafana matches and on Saturday at FNB Stadium he proved just why South Africans have been dying to see him in the starting line-up. He got the nod to start and he did not disappoint.
Tau is a brave player and even though he is half the size of some of the defenders he comes up against on the continent, he is never afraid to take players head on.
Having exported Bongani Zungu and Keagan Dolly abroad in recent seasons, Tau should be the next player in the Sundowns camp that makes a move to Europe. You often hear coaches saying it’s still too early for a player to make a move abroad, but the earlier the better.
Players such as Benni McCarthy, Aaron Mokoena and Steven Pienaar went to Europe at a young age and they lasted long in that part of the world, making an impact at the clubs they played for. At 23, Tau is at the right stage in his life to start thinking about making a move to Europe.
He definitely has the qualities to make it in Europe – the attitude, the talent, the willingness to learn, an eye for a killer pass, that individual brilliance and the scoring touch. More importantly, he has gained tons of experience playing in the CAF Champions League and the appearances he is making for Bafana Bafana will no doubt come in handy.
It’s been a while since we as South Africans saw a player doing well in top leagues such as England, Spain and Germany. If given a chance, I believe Tau would be a success in any of these leagues.
If I was the man representing Tau, I would work as hard as possible to get him overseas by the start of next season. Sundowns would no doubt miss his quality, but a move at this stage of his career gives him a bigger chance of succeeding. He might not be the complete player now, but going to Europe would take him to another level.
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has recently said he would like to make Tau Footballer of the Year. If it happens this season, it would increase his chances of moving abroad.