News of Percy Tau’s recall to Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion has excited South African fans – and the reason for the recall will make them even happier.
Brighton decided to take back Tau thanks to a glowing review in a technical scouting report, which the club published on its website on Thursday.
The report is based on the 26-year-old’s performances at Union Saint-Gilloise, Club Brugge and Anderlecht as well as for Bafana Bafana.
It stated, “Tau has appeared 79 times in the last two and a half seasons and been directly involved in 43 goals (21 goals, 22 assists). On average he has recorded a goal involvement every 130 minutes.
“His international goalscoring record is just as deadly as his domestic one. Twelve goals in 25 South Africa games rank Tau fifth in the all-time scoring charts for his country with his 168 minutes average per goal scored the third best of any inside the top 10.”
The talented forward’s three goals in two games against São Tomé and Principe also got a mention, while his record at Anderlecht was touted as impressive.
The report added, “The South African seems equally adept in creating chances as he is at converting them, with 31 chances created and 30 shots taken in marginally over 1,000 league minutes this season. He averages 2.2 chances created and 2.3 shots per 90 minutes played.
“Tau leads all Anderlecht players on the creative front, with only Lukas Nmecha bettering him as a shooter and goalscorer this season.”
On the technical front, Tau completed 20 of the 24 long passes he attempted this season. He tops Anderlecht players for both tackles (35) and balls won (25) and has attempted 32 dribbles and 19 crosses.
Meanwhile, his tackle completion rate of 71 percent also ranks higher than any of Brighton players this season so far.
The club is clearly expecting a lot from him compared to other Brighton forwards, stating that he “sits third for Expected Goals per game (0.35) but is the best for actual goals scored per 90 minutes (0.47).”
The report concluded, “Such statistical over-performance would suggest the 26-year-old is more than capable of being clinical in front of goal.
“In addition, Tau has recorded a total of 3.5 Expected Assists and averages 2.4 passes per game into the penalty area, numbers which again show just how capable he is of creating for others as well as himself.”
Percy Tau’s fans would undoubtedly be delighted at this news – and the possibility that he could feature for Brighton as early as Sunday.