Percy Tau uncertain over readiness to move to Europe
Posted: 18 January 2018 Time: 17:45
Mamelodi Sundowns forward Percy Tau says he is happy in the Premier Soccer League and doesn’t know if he’s ready for Europe, but coach Pitso Mosimane begs to differ.
Tau was on Thursday crowned Absa Premiership Player of the Month for December, with Mosimane bagging the Coach’s award and Hlompho Kekana the Goal award for November.
(Above - from left: Kekana, Mosimane and Tau pose for pictures with their Absa Premiership monthly awards. Image via: PSL website.)
Tau has improved in leaps and bounds since first appearing on the scene during the CAF Champions League group stage in July 2016, scoring two goals in five starts to help Sundowns to their maiden continental championship.
He also starred at the FIFA Club World Cup in December 2016, scoring a brilliant individual effort as a consolation in his side’s 4-1 fifth-place play-off defeat to Jeonbuk Motors.
The 23-year-old has also been on song this season, having scored seven goals in 17 league games thus far, while his Bafana Bafana stats are also something to marvel at.
However, the Witbank-born attacker is not yet sure whether he’s ready to make the move abroad, as he relishes the opportunity to continue learning at Chloorkop.
“I think I’ve been to the Club World Cup, I’ve been with Bafana Bafana, I’ve played CAF Champions League and, to be honest with you, I don’t think that’s too bad,” said Tau.
“Looking at all the work we do, together with my coach and my teammates, everyone agrees with me that there’s been progress, but you can always be better.
“I don’t know if Europe will always give me the opportunity, but to be in South Africa I’ve tried with my coach. There’s a lot of things that we’ve worked on – a lot!
“And we see a better Percy in those situations, even though football doesn’t create the same situations in every match, but we’ve got like 70 percent out of 100, so it’s not bad.
Tau concluded: “I think South African football is actually higher now. I think with Sundowns it’s really good, as with Bafana and the PSL, so there’s not much difference. I don’t know if I’m ready [to move to Europe].”
Meanwhile, Mosimane argued otherwise, adding that he wishes Tau was still a bit younger in order to invest more time into his personal development.
“I think Percy deserves to be in Europe. I always tell him that we’re behind schedule, because I wish I could have had him the way he’s playing now at 20 [years old], but it’s never too late. He deserves to be in Europe,” added 'Jingles'.