Pitso Mosimane believes Percy Tau has plenty room for improvement


Tau, who quickly rose to prominence upon his return from a loan spell with First Division side Witbank Spurs midway through Sundowns' CAF Champions League campaign last year, has continued to blossom into a classy winger under Mosimane.

The 22-year-old has since gone on to make his presence felt at Bafana Bafana when he scored a cracker in the 3-1 friendly win over Guniea Bissau back in March this year.

He is also amongst the front-runners for the Absa Premiership Young Player of the Year and Footballer of the Year awards, having tallied 10 goals and 13 assists in 34 starts in all competitions in the 2016/17 campaign.

However, Mosimane believes Tau should be running away with the accolades and breaking milestones judging from the amount of opportunities he's had this season, yet feels the 'Downs academy graduate only lacks experience.

"Do you know many goals Percy misses? Sho, Percy... Percy should have been [on] 40 goals today; 40 goals in a year," exclaimed Mosimane.

"Against Maritzburg [United], he missed again! But look at the passion that he has. Look how he fights.

"The only way that Percy will get better is by experience, and I have to leave him on the pitch to play, [even though] he makes mistakes."

The Witbank-born attacker has scored just one league goal in his last 13 starts, and – by his own standards – has been wasteful in front of goal, including in their recent 1-0 defeat to title rivals Bidvest Wits, despite forging numerous openings for himself.

'Jingles', though, refused to fault his starlet and took a protective stance, praising his relentless efforts in the games he has played thus far.

"[Against Wits] look at the one [pass] he got from [Hlompho] Kekana, I think –  someone chipped it – and he miscontrolled and then he goes out instead of putting it [his first touch] in front of him to finish," he added.

"On the left, that one was a little bit awkward because it came to his left [weaker foot], when he dribbled everyone and went inside. If it was on his left [foot] on the other [right-hand] side [he would have done better]...

"But do you want to complain when this boy is a 22-year-old? You must check his physical data – he runs more than everybody; he's everywhere."

The Brazilians next face struggling Platinum Stars at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Thursday evening (19h30).