Eric Tinkler advice for Percy Tau before Premier League debut for Brighton

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Scroll right to see some of the top Premier League
Scroll right to see some of the top Premier League defenders Tau could face
Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City)
Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City)
Harry Maguire (Manchester United)
Harry Maguire (Manchester United)
Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)
Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)
Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
Andy Robertson (Liverpool)
Andy Robertson (Liverpool)
Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur)
Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur)
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
Benjamin Mendy (Man City)
Benjamin Mendy (Man City)
Lucas Digne (Everton)
Lucas Digne (Everton)

Former Barnsley midfielder Eric Tinkler advises top South African export Percy Tau to work extra hard if he wants to succeed in the toughest league in the world.

The talented forward recently returned to his parent club Brighton & Hove Albion in the English Premier League following successful loan spells in Belgium.

Tau could receive a baptism of fire if he make his Premier League debut against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium tonight (20h00).

"My advice would be for him to continue working extremely hard," Tinkler tells KickOff.com.

"Now that he is in the English Premier League, it's going to be very tough if he wants to stay there. He's going to have to put in very, very good performances for him to do that and try to keep the club obviously in the Premier League."

The former Bafana Bafana midfielder says the EPL is a very difficult and competitive level compared to the Belgian league.

"It's very competitive and very tough. It's not easy. You know it's a big league, a lot of games, they come thick and fast. Like I said, a lot of determination and hard work [will be required]."

Check out some of the world-class defenders Tau will be up against in the gallery above