That’s our lad! South African soccer sensation Percy Tau has had a blistering first season in Europe, following his move to Brighton and Hove Albion and subsequent loan to Belgian outfit Union Saint Gilloise. Now, he’s been recognised by the Proximus League as their Player of the Season.
He’s top of his league
After making the three-man shortlist, Tau romped home to victory with 228 votes. He was poles apart from his nearest competitor, Nikola Storm of FC Mechelen, who only claimed 89 votes. His USG teammate Faiz Selemani came third, winning 84 votes.
@JPLeagueFR Le Footballeur de l'Année en Proximus League est Percy Tau (Union, 228 votes). Le Sud-Africain devance Nikola Storm (FC Malines, 89 votes) et Faïz Selemani, un autre Unioniste (84).
— JupilerProLeague-FR (@JPLeagueFR) May 6, 2019
The tricky forward even managed to finish the season with a flourish this weekend, picking up an assist and a winning goal in a 3-2 win over Cercle Brugge. This comes just a year after he scooped both the Footballer of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year accolades at the 2018 PSL Awards.
Percy Tau in the 2018/19 season – goals, assists and performance
He has lit-up Belgium’s second division with his usual brand of goalscoring and chance-creation. In 34 appearances, he’s found the net 11 times this campaign and has 13 assists to his name. That’s the absolute dream-ticket for a winger, and he’s also had an insatiable time with the national team.
Percy Tau has chipped in with some star performances in a Bafana Bafana shirt, but his finest hour came in March when he fired South Africa to AFCON 2019 with a stunning brace against Libya.
Will Percy Tau play for Brighton next year?
The former Mamelodi Sundowns player will return to Brighton this summer, where the issue of his work permit is yet to be resolved. Of course, any committment to his future may have to wait until July, once South Africa have concluded their business in Egypt this winter.
There’s still no clarity on when he’ll be able to make his Premier League bow for The Seagulls, but after a stellar year in Europe – and an underwhelming campaign for his parent club – Tau and his representatives now at least have a better case to argue.