Former Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter has backed Percy Tau to move on to one of Europe's top-five leagues.
Baxter worked with Tau in the South Africa national team for two years and witnessed his rapid development since leaving the Absa Premiership.
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Having failed to gain a work-permit to feature in the Premier League with Brighton Hove Albion, who signed the 25-year-old in a reported R50 million transfer from Mamelodi Sundowns - Tau has spent his time on loan in Belgium.
After winning the Proximus Player of the Year with Union St Galloise last season, the diminutive forward moved on the Belgian top-flight title favourites Club Brugge - where he's quickly establishing himself as a key figure.
In his 12 games this season, Tau has directly been involved in eight goals - which includes an assist against Real Madrid in his UEFA Champions League group stage debut.
And Baxter feels this season is imperative for his career as it could set him up to excel in the biggest leagues Europe has to offer.
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"Once Percy got out [to Europe] the next big part of it was the mental side, that was the next big step, asking yourself if you are good enough for the next level," Baxter tells snl24.com/kickoff.
"Am I good enough? Can I do it? Yes, I can! I'm scoring goals.. so his confidence increased and now as he continues to solidify this confidence at Brugge at the same time as he's learning from playing against those better players.
"If he has one season, where he keeps his level, his consistency, professionalism and focus then yeah, he can go anywhere."
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With 34 years of experience in management, the former Kaizer Chiefs boss claims over the years, he's seen less talented players than Tau make a name for themselves at the highest level.
"I watch a lot of football, the other day I watched leagues in seven different countries and I looked at some of those players. And I thought to myself, how is this player better than Percy Tau?
"He's starring in LaLiga and Serie A, I asked myself is he better than Tau? No! But he's got more streetwise than Percy as he's now been in LaLiga for five years and he knows what his doing but Percy at this moment probably doesn't.
"Once Tau's confidence is at that level, he will transition to that [Europe's best league's] pretty easily."