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Potter Opens Up On Tau Exit

As Percy Tau prepares to start his career in Egypt with Al Ahly, his former boss at Brighton & Hove Albion, Graham Potter has given more details on why things didn’t work out for Tau at the EPL club.

After signing for Brighton back in 2018, before Potter’s arrival at the club, Tau was sent on loan to Belgium clubs due to work permit issues.

However he finally got a permit at the start of 2021, though struggled to break into the team, making only a handful of appearances for the Premier League side.

Tau surprised many when instead of staying at Brighton this season, he chose to re-unite with his former coach Pitso Mosimane at Al Ahly in Egypt.

Potter says it was always going to be tough joining mid-way through a season, and there was a lot of competition in his position

“We had Neal Maupay, we had Danny Welbeck, we had Leo Trossard that were already playing ahead of him when he arrived,” Potter was quoted as saying by sussexlive.co.uk.

“It is not so easy to displace them when you come half way through the season but it was competition for places in that area.

“We have a lot of offensive midfield players, with the likes of Jakub Moder, Alexis Mac Allister also competing in that area and how we played tactically were probably ahead of him 

“It is about being honest with him there from that point, it is not straight forward for Percy either as you have to come in and show what you can do.

“He was a great guy and a great person but in the end he had an option to get something a bit more long-term for him and his family in terms of a length of a contract.

“He took that decision and that option. We respect that and he goes with our blessing and I wish him well.”

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