Subsequently, coach Pitso Mosimane 's brave selection unravelled a new star and Mosimane has not looked back.
Tau has been one of Sundowns’ star players and he has cemented his name as a genuine contender for the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Player of the Year award. The 22-year-old winger's exploits were most recently rewarded with a national team call-up.
“Percy (Tau) is growing progressively,” Mosimane told The Star.
“He’s still young and has a whole lot more to learn. He still makes mistakes (on the field of play) which are expected because he’s still developing," he continued.
And the only way to aid that is to give him more game time so he can continue learning from his experiences. We need to allow him to go out there and have fun," Mosimane added.
“You know, I’m very conservative in my predictions and so I always like to put an extra year,” he said.
“With (Bongani) Zungu, I said he must stay one more year before he left, remember? He struggled to make a mark (at his new club) following his arrival there but has now done it," he indicated.
"With Keagan (Dolly), I said he should stay one more year as well (before he left). He’s still going through the same process (of adjusting to his new club) as well but he’ll get there in six months time as well,” Mosimane stressed.
“When I signed Teko (Modise) from an NFD side, I said he will play for Bafana Bafana in three years’ time and in one and a half year, he broke into the Bafana set-up. As I said, I’m a bit conservative in my predictions but I’m cautious as well," he explained.
“Percy is going to go places. He’s definitely one of those players who I believe we’re going to lose in the near future,” Mosimane concluded.