Tau makes Brighton and Hove Albion debut against Newport County

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Percy Tau
The South Africa international has made his first appearance for the Seagulls as a second-half substitute against the Exiles

Percy Tau has made his debut for Brighton and Hove Albion following his appearance against Newport County in Sunday’s FA Cup game.

The South Africa international was brought on as a 71st minute replacement for Alireza Jahanbakhsh with the scores still tied at 0-0.

On the back of an impressive spell at Mamelodi Sundowns, where he won two Premier Soccer League titles, he joined the Premier League outfit in 2018 on a four-year contract for an undisclosed transfer fee.

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Nevertheless, he was loaned out shortly after failing to get a UK work permit, while former manager Chris Hughton wanted him to gain European football experience.

After completing a two-and-half seasons loan spells at Union Saint-Gilloise, Club Brugge and Anderlecht, he was recalled to the Falmer Stadium, where he is expected to help Graham Potter’s men in their relegation battle.

Following his arrival, manager Potter was positive about the quality the 26-year-old would offer his team, having scored four goals for the Purple and White in the first-half of the Belgian First Division A season.

"He's available. He's been training and playing in Belgium, so he's okay in terms of match speed and training time. It's just a case of him adapting to us," the tactician told the club website.

“It's exciting for him and it's exciting for us. Now we need to help him settle in. He needs to get to know his teammates and the team. We want to help him take the next step in his career and that's also the challenge for him.

"But I think he will adapt quickly from what I saw in training. He has a nice personality and has fitted into the group already.

“There's healthy competition in the team which you'd expect in the Premier League, but that's good for us, we need that.

“He's a left-footed attacking player. He plays in different positions, he attacks the goal, he progresses with the ball, he plays in spaces.

“He is able to find passes and dribble with the ball. It's just a case of us finding the best way to use him.”

Tau could also make his English topflight debut when his team travel to the Etihad Stadium for their clash against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on January 13.