Percy Tau: Anderlecht boss Vincent Kompany reacts to Brighton return talk

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Tau, 26, looks poised to begin life in the Engish top-flight with Brighton after manager Graham Potter confirmed they are working on acquiring his work-permit to bolster their attacking options.

And despite the possibility of losing the Bafana Bafana star Kompany has continued to field Tau as he started against RSC Charleroi and Beerschot since returning from injury.

"Yes, he could leave, and it will be up to the other players, and the next ones, to make up for that departure," Kompany said after the 2-0 win on Sunday.

"If I leave the door open for what remains? Even if there is a one percent chance that he will not leave no, I will leave the door open.

"Anything can happen with the Covid, especially administratively, we know. But Percy Tau's commitment has never been questioned. I did not hesitate for a second to start him because I know very well that he always gives everything."

Scroll through the gallery to see the SA legends w
Scroll through the gallery to see the SA legends who won league titles in Europe.
Benni McCarthy (AFC Ajax) - 1997/98 Eredivisie
Benni McCarthy (AFC Ajax) - 1997/98 Eredivisie
Jacob Lekgetho (Lokomotiv Moscow) - 2002 and 2004
Jacob Lekgetho (Lokomotiv Moscow) - 2002 and 2004 Russian Premier League
Sibusiso Zuma (FC Copenhagen) - 2002/03 and 2003/0
Sibusiso Zuma (FC Copenhagen) - 2002/03 and 2003/04 Danish SuperLiga titles
Nasief Morris (Panathinaikos) - 2003/04 Greek Supe
Nasief Morris (Panathinaikos) - 2003/04 Greek Super League
Steven Pienaar (AFC Ajax) - 2001/02, 2003/04 Eredi
Steven Pienaar (AFC Ajax) - 2001/02, 2003/04 Eredivisie
Quinton Fortune (Manchester United) - 2002/03 Prem
Quinton Fortune (Manchester United) - 2002/03 Premier League
Siyabonga Nomvethe (Djurgarden and AB Alborg) - 20
Siyabonga Nomvethe (Djurgarden and AB Alborg) - 2005 Allsvenskan and 2007/08 Danish Superliga
Benni McCarthy (FC Porto) - 2003/04, 2005/06 Prime
Benni McCarthy (FC Porto) - 2003/04, 2005/06 Primeira Liga
Macbeth Sibaya (Rubin Kazan) - 2008 and 2009 Russi
Macbeth Sibaya (Rubin Kazan) - 2008 and 2009 Russian Premier League
Terror Fanteni (Maccabi Haifa) - 2008/09 Israeli P
Terror Fanteni (Maccabi Haifa) - 2008/09 Israeli Premier League
Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa) - 2008/09 and 2010/
Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa) - 2008/09 and 2010/11 Israeli Premier League
Bernard Parker (FC Twente) - 2009/10 Eredivisie
Bernard Parker (FC Twente) - 2009/10 Eredivisie
May Mahlangu (Helsingborgs IF) - 2011 Allsvenskan
May Mahlangu (Helsingborgs IF) - 2011 Allsvenskan
Tokelo Rantie (Malmo) 2013 Allsvenskan
Tokelo Rantie (Malmo) 2013 Allsvenskan
Dino Ndlovu (Qarabag FK) - 2016/17 and 2017/18 Aze
Dino Ndlovu (Qarabag FK) - 2016/17 and 2017/18 Azerbaijani Premier League
Thulani Serero (AFC Ajax) - 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013
Thulani Serero (AFC Ajax) - 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 Eredivisie

Tau grabbed an assist in their latest victory that moved RSC into the top-four of the Belgian top-flight but was guilty of spurning three one-on-one chances late on in the game.

But the Manchester City legend refused to criticise his performance as his partnership with forward Lukas Nmecha continued to flourish.

"Percy gave everything and worked well, I saw a good relationship between the attacking players," Kompany admitted. "Ok, he didn't score today, that's how it is."

The former Mamelodi Sundowns star has scored four goals and registered a solitary assist in 12 starts since joining the club in August.