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Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter tips Percy Tau to succeed abroad after making Brighton and Hove Albion switch

9:34 AM EDT 7/22/18
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The Bafana Bafana coach backs Tau to succeed abroad, after the now former Masandawana star completed a move to England

South Africa national team coach Stuart Baxter has welcomed Percy Tau’s move to English Premier League outfit Brighton and Hove Albion.

Following long-drawn out negotiations between Tau’s now former club Mamelodi Sundowns and the Seagulls, Tau was officially unveiled on Friday, in what is believed to one of South African football’s biggest transfers in recent years.

Reports suggests that Tau joined Brighton in a deal worth more than R50 million.

However, in the aftermath of confirmation of Tau’s move on a four-year-deal, it was revealed that the 24-year-old would go out on loan in order to gain European experience.

Nonetheless, speaking to Independent Media, the Bafana Bafana coach was overjoyed by Tau’s move and believes he has what it takes to succeed abroad.

“This is positive. It is good for the development of football in South Africa,” Baxter told IOL.

“This goes to show the level of the PSL. Our players are scouted in top European leagues,” he added.

“It is going to be a mental challenge for Percy. It is a different country with a different style of play. It is risky, but Percy has all the elements that can make him successful abroad,” he expressed.

Meanwhile, Tau, who scored 11 goals in his final season with Sundowns has been likened to French star Antoine Griezmann by Baxter.

“One of the coaches in France asked me about Percy, and I told him that he is more of an Antoine Griezmann (of Atletico Madrid and France),” Baxter explained.

“He can run behind the big, strong striker upfront. He is good at combination plays. He has the ability to make it abroad, but has to adapt. He has really worked hard,” he continued.

“The timing of his movement has improved immensely. International exposure has also helped him to develop his game,” he said.

“If you want to make it in Europe, you have to stay disciplined and work hard,” Baxter stated.

“It is not going to be easy, but as I said, Percy has all the elements to make it overseas,” he revealed.

The 64-year-old Briton is hopeful that Tau will now play an influential role for his national team on their road to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

“It will be nice to have a firing Percy during the Afcon qualifiers. He is a huge asset for us,” Baxter said.

“We need Percy and I hope this move will galvanise him. He will grow as a player and a person outside of football,” Baxter concluded. .