The South African forward has been informed of an exit from Brighton & Hove Albion, but is it a good move to Egypt?
Percy Tau has been strongly linked with the Brighton & Hove Albion exit over the past week, with rumors that the South African forward will attract the interest of Egyptian giants and reigning continental champions Al Ahly.
On the one hand, there is logic behind the potential switch.
It looks like Tau has lost his way in European football after playing a limited role for the Gulls in their fight against relegation after returning from his loan deal halfway through last season.
A link to Ahly would also offer him a reunion with Pitso Mosimane, a coach, which meant more to his career than any other.
It was among Mosimane that Tau enjoyed his rise while the duo worked together at Mamelodi Sundowns.
The forward honed his craft under the South African forward, and was a PSL champion in 2014 and 2018.
He was also influential – in 2016 – when the Brazilians conquered the continent and won the Caf Champions League for the first time in their history.
Mosimane and Tau stand together at the height of African football and share their career highs.
Since then, their fate has gone in different directions.
Mosimane moved to Ahly and strengthened his status as the most successful coach of Africa on the planet, by winning rugby champions, impressing during the World Cup and winning some other honors.
Tau, on the other hand, secured his move to European football in 2018 – signing at Brighton – but could not make his mark at the club.
He then represents people such as Union Saint-Gilloise, Club Brugge and Anderlecht, but he only made three league appearances for the Seagulls last quarter after being withdrawn from his loan deal.
It was an overwhelmingly disappointing return for the forward, who was advised by Brighton boss Graham Potter on his return to the club for good things.
“We’re glad we can welcome Percy to the club and start working with him,” Potter told reporters. ‘I know he’s a player whose progress has followed many of our fans over the past few seasons.
“We too have been closely monitoring his performances in Belgium for the past three years,” he added. ‘He plays at a very good level, especially with Brugge and Anderlecht, where he was involved in the Champions League, and his next step is to show that he is ready to make the transition to the Premier League.
“He brings different qualities and attributes to the group, and he wants to take the next step in his career.”
Eventually that did not happen, and Potter seems to have been strangely reluctant to put Tau in the mix, either when Brighton were still struggling to stay in the division, or once their Premier League safety was assured.
While Potter realized how Tau was allowed to represent South Africa in the spring – during which he was quarantined, he was unwilling to allow the forward to join David Notoane’s Olympic team, while Brighton refused to to punish his release.
This indicated that the Prem Club intended to integrate Tau more successfully into the team and make him a more prominent figure during the 2021-22 campaign.
The Bafana forward certainly believed he was destined for big things this season – and optimism was fueled by his stunning goal against Luton Town in a recent friendship.
However, rumors of a move to Ahly – swollen by public acknowledgment of Pitso Mosimane – appear to have hopes that Tau will eventually make an impact in England.
It runs the risk of a disastrous move for the forward, who at the age of 27 should really look at his lasting legacy in European football, and not step into a lesser environment.
He has to wait so long to finally enjoy a full season in Brighton – and for him and his fans to find out if he can reduce it at this level – it would be a bitter disappointment for him to leave now and never know if he could be good enough for the top.
Granted, a return to Egyptian football from Europe was not a death knell for the careers of people like Ahmed Hegazy or Ramadan Sobhi, but it was different cases anyway, and Tau had to resist the attraction of a Mosimane reunion To make his case in Brighton.
If the Gulls have decided that Tau is not the man for them – and this is not out of the question, given how Potter has overlooked him over the past quarter – then he should move to one of Europe’s bigger leagues. , rather than step back to Africa so soon in his career.
Tau’s move off the ball, his footwork, his technique and his eye for goal, distinguished him today as one of the most striking widows on the continent, and a player who can offer a lot to a team that is up against some of the Europe’s stricter defense.
A move to Egypt, where there were problems with the payment of players, the crowd that could attend games and television rights, would be a premature regressive step for a player who – let us not forget – only left Africa three years ago has.
Tau must give it at least another five months at Brighton – unless the club says otherwise – and assess his options in January.