Brighton coach Graham Potter believes Percy Tau will add a new dimension to his squad – and could hand his long-awaited debut in Sunday’s FA Cup third round tie against Newport to the South African striker. In 2018, Tau joined the Seagulls but spent the last two and a half years on loan in Belgium, assisting Club Brugge last season to take the title.
This season, the 26-year-old continued to impress with Anderlecht, scoring four goals in 15 games. Announce Percy Tau Percy Tau *announces* Albion today recalled striker Percy Tau from his loan at the Anderlecht Belgian club. @firsttouchgames #BHAFC – Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) January 7, 2021 Brighton was able to receive a ‘Governing Body Recognition’ from the Football Association at the conclusion of the Brexit transition phase with the European Union, which is a new points system for non-English clubs, and obtained a South African work permit. Tau brings experience in the Champions League and was recommended by boss Vincent Kompany of Anderlecht. Potter hopes that in England, the 26-year-old can now make the most of his possibilities: “It’s exciting for him and exciting for us. Now we need to help him settle in,” said the manager of Brighton. A post shared by Brighton & Hove Albion FC (@officialbhafc) “We want to help him take the next step in his career, that’s the challenge for him.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Brighton & Hove Albion FC (@officialbhafc) ” It’s just a question of him adjusting to us. Potter continued, ” Potter continued, ” It’s all about him fitting into the team and finding the best way for us to use him. I hope, as I saw today, he’ll adapt quickly. He has a good character, blends well with the community and his attributes are very easy to incorporate, so I don’t see a problem there. Brighton defender Tariq Lamptey is out with a hamstring problem (Mike Hewitt/PA) “There is competition in the team that you would expect in the Premier League, but we need that healthy competition for us. “Potter confirmed that Tariq Lamptey is full-back. Because of sickness, midfielder Adam Lallana is doubtful and striker Danny Welbeck will be out with his knee problem. After rating his chances of playing regular soccer at Watford as low, seasoned striker Glenn Murray was connected with a loan move to QPR. After struggling to get game time during his loan spell at Watford (Adam Davy/PA), Brighton manager Potter said he was “not aware of any imminent change” for the 37-year-old: “The other day I met him walking the dogs but we didn’t talk about it (loan at Watford). Potter added: “He needs to play as much as he can in his last few years so I can understand his dogs. There’s no problem at all with Ali.’