SA's 10 leading EPL appearance-makers

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As Percy Tau nears his dream of playing in the Premier League, here are the 10 leading South African appearance-makers in English top-flight history.

Tau looks set to become the first South African to feature in the Premier League since Steven Pienaar in the 2016/17 season as his return to Brighton and Hove Albion looms.

Scroll through the gallery to see the leading SA appearances-makers in PL history

It's been reported that the process of receiving his work permit is imminent as the Seagulls look to recall him from his loan deal at Belgian giants Anderlecht.

Despite five South African youngsters registered for various English top-flight clubs, none have made their official debuts yet.

Kgagelo Chauke (17) of Southampton and Nikola Tavares (21) at Crystal Palace have come closest having been named on the bench in recent times but Tau would represent a genuine high-profile star.

Tau looks poised to join the likes of Eric Tinkler, who starred for Barnsley and newly appointed Cape Town City assistant coach Aaron Mokoena, who enjoyed seven seasons in England with Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth.

During that period, the 40-year-old racked up 124 games, which ranks him in third, edging former national teammates Shaun Bartlett and Benni McCarthy but well short of Steven Pienaar who tops the list with 214 appearances.