Quinton Fortune, the former Manchester United and Bafana Bafana star, believes that the style of football Brighton & Hove Albion play will suit Percy Tau.
Fortune, who is now a first team coach at Championship side Reading, was speaking to Andy Naylor from The Athletic after Tau’s long-awaited arrival in Sussex.
Apart from being a compatriot, Fortune had a brief spell working with Tau, when he was assisting Stuart Baxter at Bafana.
“He’s a very good kid, a wonderful player, a goalscorer. He’s a very unselfish goalscorer, probably needs to be more ruthless, but that’s just his nature,” Fortune told The Athletic.
“He’s left-footed, can beat the man when needed, makes clever runs. He’s a very intelligent player, can play between the lines. He can play as a No 10 and then he is one of those players who, depending on the quality of balls from the midfielders, will make the right runs and he knows where the goal is.”
“South African players normally want to do the nice things, but Percy was only focused on getting goals.”
“The Premier League is not as physical as when I was playing. Now it’s more tactical, and the way Brighton play will suit him.”
“He has done his homework in terms of going on loan. I would have been worried if he’d come straight from the South African League, but he’s been in Europe now, so he will adapt much better now.”
“Percy’s definitely got the qualities to do it, he just needs to be given the chance. From watching Brighton play in the last few weeks, they need as much help as possible.”
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