Thursday Jan 14, 2021. 11:00
Brighton & Hove Albion manager Graham Potter reserved special praise for Percy Tau in the aftermath of the club’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Premier League on Wednesday.
The Bafana Bafana international was named in the starting XI at Etihad Stadium, in a game decided by a first-half strike from City midfielder Phil Foden.
Tau, 26, became the first South African to play in the Premier League since Steven Pienaar featured for Sunderland in April 2017 and gave a good account of himself, causing Cityzens left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko countless problems before being hauled off in the 68th minute.
“It is a difficult game for him [Tau] to start for a forward because they make you defend as a team. So that takes away a little bit of his attacking qualities, along with Leo [Trossard],” said Potter.
“They both work so hard for the team, they work so hard and were fantastic in that regard. They grew and grew. He [Tau] has only been with us for a week, we have to make sure he is available for the coming games, good first game, he will get better and he will get a better understanding with us.”
The result leaves the Seagulls in 17th place on the Premier League standings, a mere two points above the relegation zone ahead of a trip to Leeds United on Saturday.