Bafana star Percy Tau has moved up a step higher in Belgium after sealing a loan switch to top division club, Club Brugge.
Tau, 25, joins the Belgian outfit on a season-long loan from English Premiership side Brighton & Hove Albion.
“I think the expectations are a bit higher, and I’m just proud to be part of those expectations. And hopefully we’ll get to win some silverware, because I think winning plays a big role at this club,” said Tau on Brugge’s social media platforms.
Tau, who has a four-year contract with Brighton, spent last season on loan at Belgian second division side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise. Tau was named the league’s Player of the Season after scoring 13 goals and providing 13 assists across 35 games.
The striker is unable to play for Brighton because he can’t secure a work permit, especially because of Bafana’s poor Fifa ranking. SA are now ranked at number 70 in world football and it’s footballers from countries in the top 50 that can play in the Premiership.
But for those whose countries are not in the top 50, there’s an appeal process that can consider other factors such as transfer costs. Tau’s move to Brugge, who will play in the Uefa Champions League, will boost his chances of securing the permit for the 2020/2021 season, because he will earn points for playing in the competition.
Brugge finished as runnersup last season and will face Ukranian side Dynamo Kiev in the next Champions League qualifying rounds early in August.
“This is a great move for Percy. It’s a step up to the next level in Belgium, and he also has the prospect of Champions League football,” said Brighton’s technical director Dan Ashworth.