Potter: What we need to do for Tau

English Premier League

Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter has asked fans to remain patient as they look for ways to get the best out of Percy Tau.

The Bafana Bafana star returned to Brighton last week after receiving his work-permit with the new points-based system implemented after Brexit and made his FA Cup debut against Newport County on Sunday.

Major fanfare has surrounded Tau's return from Anderlecht after a two and half year wait since first joining the Seagulls from Mamelodi Sundowns in a reported R50-million transfer.

Ahead of his expected league debut tonight against Manchester City, Potter told the Argus they are aiming to deflect any sort of pressure from the 26-year-old and ease him into his new surroundings.

"You have got to be fair to Percy and have got to be fair to the team," Potter said. "He has moved to a new country, a new club, a new league, which I'm sure he will adapt to.

"He has got the right mentality and he has got the right attributes, but it is up to us to find a way for him to show them off as often as we can."

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He added: "Our job is to try and help him enjoy his football, that is what we want to do. It is a shame our supporters are not in the ground to see him play because then they could help him settle in a bit easier, but it is what it is.

"We look forward to a time when everybody is back in the stadium and they can enjoy the team again."

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