Percy Tau: Bafana Bafana forward tipped to become a star in the Bundesliga

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Since leaving Mamelodi Sundowns for Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion in July 2018 in a reported R50-million transfer, Tau has enjoyed steady progression in Europe.

Despite being sent out on two separate loan deals due to his inability to secure a work permit in England, the technically gifted forward has made the most of his opportunities.

After winning the Proximus Player of the Year award with Union Saint-Galloise last season, the 25-year-old has enjoyed a memorable stint Club Brugge, who are on the verge of being declared league champions.

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And Zuma, who spent three seasons in the German top-flight with Arminia Bielefeld, believes Tau would benefit from a similar move.

"The Bundesliga would be a very good choice because it's one of the toughest leagues in the world, it's destined to improve him and if he goes there, he will be a star," Zuma tells KickOff.com.

"He'll be an even bigger star for Bafana Bafana because if he goes to the Bundesliga, it will be very difficult for anyone to stop him [based on how he'll develop there]."

Zuma, who netted 10 goals and registered 11 assists playing as a winger for Die Arminen, suggests another change in environment could accelerate his development again.

"Once you start being comfortable where you are, you don't really improve that much it takes a lot of hard work, you need to dig deep - but if you get a new challenge, different competition and start from scratch [it develops you quickly].

"You start learning about new opponents, styles of play from the league, knowing new teammates, who are the best passers of the ball, so many different aspects.

"You have different players competing for your position, so you build all this information in your head and naturally improve as a footballer, it will help him."

Tau netted four goals and registered eight assists in 17 starts across all competitions over the course of the 2019/20 season that was halted by the coronavirus pandemic.