How is Percy Tau faring in Belgium?

Percy Tau of Mamelodi Sundowns runs with the ball during the FIFA World Cup Quarter Final match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kashima Antlers at Suita City Football Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Suita, Japan.  (Dec. 10, 2016 - Source: Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Percy Tau of Mamelodi Sundowns runs with the ball during the FIFA World Cup Quarter Final match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kashima Antlers at Suita City Football Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Suita, Japan.

(Dec. 10, 2016 - Source: Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images AsiaPac)

At the start of the new season, many South African football fans and fans from the continent at large were relishing the prospect of seeing former Mamelodi Sundowns gem, Percy Tau donning the colours of English premier league club, Brighton & Hove Albion. However, that was not to be as the club decided to loan Tau to second division Belgian side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise to help him get some game time before he can be slowly unleashed by the team (Brighton). Now, I am sure some of Tau’s fans are wondering just how is Tau doing in Belgium? Well, below we zoom in on how the South African born player is turning out for his new side and whether or not he can be able to finally get his chance in the English league.


For starters, it seems it hasn’t taken him a lot of time to get going in the Belgian league. Most recently, Tau set tongues wagging with a scintillating performance in a cup game against one of Belgium’s biggest teams in FC Anderlecht. In that game, Tau helped his teammate Youssoufou Niakaté grab a hat trick, earning himself two assists in the process, one of which I am sure Lionel Messi would give props to. As if that were enough, the former Absa premiership footballer of the season seems to be on a roll as he has also managed to help his team win key games in the Belgian cup and the league. Such outstanding displays have certainly not gone unnoticed as reports alluded that Anderlecht could also make a move for the player most likely in the next transfer window. Brighton should be careful!

I would consider it to be daylight robbery if Tau would be deprived of the chance to play in the English because he is too good a talent. Who wouldn’t want to see Tau and his trademark afro hair breezing past wing backs like Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier, week in week out? Certainly not me.
— Siphosethu Thwala, FirstTouch Africa
Percy Tau of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates wuth his team mate after a goal during the FIFA World Cup match for 5th place between Mamelodi Sundowns and Jeonbuk Hyundai at Suita City Football Stadium on December 14, 2016 in Suita, Japan.  (Dec. 13, 2016 - Source: Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Percy Tau of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates wuth his team mate after a goal during the FIFA World Cup match for 5th place between Mamelodi Sundowns and Jeonbuk Hyundai at Suita City Football Stadium on December 14, 2016 in Suita, Japan.

(Dec. 13, 2016 - Source: Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Tau made a name for himself during his glamorous career with Abafana ba Style, leading the team to Africa’s most prestigious cup, the CAF Champions league, while also helping Sundowns claim the Absa premiership title. Perhaps the most lingering thought on people's mind concerning Tau is whether or not he can make the cut in Europe? It you ask me, I absolutely believe so. Gifted with blistering pace and a deadly eye for goal, Tau certainly has the ammunition he needs to get him started in a tough and highly reputable league such as the English premier league. Nonetheless, the loan period in Belgium should be one where he gets to prove his critics wrong while also making a statement to his Brighton coach, Chris Hughton, that he deserves a place in the starting eleven. I would consider it to be daylight robbery if Tau would be deprived of the chance to play in the English because he is too good a talent. Who wouldn’t want to see Tau and his trademark afro hair breezing past wing backs like Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier, week in week out? Certainly not me. Let’s hope this season works out for Tau and his Belgian side, thereby leading him to an English premier league debut. Senegalese legend, El Hadji Diouf is a firm believer in Tau and thinks he can be named among the likes of Salah and Sadio Mane. Do you think he has a chance of making it in England?