Brighton facing striker crisis after Tau exit

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Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion appear to be facing a striker crisis just weeks after Percy Tau's sale to Al Ahly.

Brighton boss Graham Potter started the 2021/22 campaign with no fewer than seven senior forwards at his disposal but significantly trimmed his squad before the close of the transfer window last week Wednesday.

Bafana Bafana star Tau, who featured during pre-season, was later sold to Egyptian giants Al Ahly while Viktor Gyökeres joined Coventry and Andi Zeqiri alongside Florin Andone departed on loan to Augsburg and Cadiz.

The Seagulls' business in the market meant the club looked short of a striker heading into the domestic season as only Aaron Connolly, Neal Maupay and Danny Welbeck remained as the recognised forward options in the squad.

With no new striker brought in to replace the outbound quartet, the situation now appears to have escalated at the Amex Stadium after Aaron Connolly was injured while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland this past week.

No timescale has been placed on the 21-year-old's recovery yet but any length of absence will see Brighton head into this weekend's match, and potentially those beyond, with only Maupay and Welbeck to call on up-front.

Between them, the duo scored 14 goals in 70 appearances across all competitions last season and Potter could well be wishing that he had retained Tau's services for another season given his side's struggles in front of goal.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns star was restricted to just six appearances for the club last season but scored his first goal in a friendly encounter against Luton Town in the build-up to the Premier League's season.

It ultimately proved to be a false dawn for the 2017/18 PSL Golden Boot winner, however, as he finalised a reunion with Pitso Mosimane just weeks later by completing a €1.80m (R30m) move to the reigning African champions.

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