SAFA boss Danny Jordaan backs Percy Tau at Brighton & Hove Albion
Posted: 24 July 2018 Time: 17:00
SAFA president Danny Jordaan believes Bafana Bafana star Percy Tau can take his game to the next level at Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion.
After much speculation the PSL Footballer of the Season and joint-Golden Boot winner joined Albion on a four-year deal from Mamelodi Sundowns last week.
Due to England's stringent work permit rules, Tau will be loaned to a European team this season with talk suggesting it could be Belgian second division side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise. The club is owned by Brighton boss Tony Bloom.
"I think it is good for Percy Tau," Jordaan said.
"Of course there was a tug of war between whether he should go to Spain or England. I have my own views I shall not share with you, whether he should go to Spain or whether he should go to England. But he's a talented young player and we wish him the very best.
"He'll get stronger there because those teams prepare players mentally and physically as you've seen.
"Eight of the teams that came from Europe were all in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the last World Cup, and the final two European teams were there because they could compete.
"They were strong physically to run until the last minute. They went to extra-time; they were physically strong and mentally.
"I think Percy Tau will benefit from the training there and I'm sure he'll become a better player."
The 24-year-old Tau is the first player to move directly to the Premier League from South Africa since Bongani Khumalo swapped SuperSport United for Totenham Hotspur in 2010.