Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter has confirmed that Percy Tau has returned to England, and is now available for the English Premier Club.
The South African International was granted a work permit and will now be available for Potter’s side.
The Brighton manager confirmed Tau’s arrival and availability at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
“We’re pleased to be able to welcome Percy to the club and begin working with him. I know he’s a player whose progress many of our fans have followed in recent seasons,” Potter was quoted as saying at the presser.
“We too have closely monitored his performances in Belgium in the last three years. He’s been playing at a really good level, particularly with Bruges and Anderlecht where he has been involved in the Champions League, and his next step is to show he is ready to make the transition into the Premier League.”
“He brings some different attributes and qualities to the group and he wants to take the next step in his career. We’re looking forward to working with him.”
“It was his first day today and it’s exciting for all of us. He’s been training and playing in Belgium. He’s in the group for Sunday.”
Tau had spent the first half of the season on loan at Anderlecht.
Tau officially signed for Brighton three seasons ago, but was sent out on loan due to work permit issues.
He first went on loan to Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, before spending last season at Belgian champions Club Brugge.
Now the former Mamelodi Sundowns star will have the opportunity to shine on one of the world’s biggest stages.
Brighton are currently 17th on the EPL table, and there will be a lot of expectations on Tau to help improve their position.
First however Brighton face Newport County in the FA Cup on Sunday, and this could be the ideal opportunity for Tau to make his debut for the Seagulls.