- SAFA boss Danny Jordaan believes Percy Tau will develop into a better player thanks to his move to Europe
- Tau signed a four-year deal with English Premier League side Brighton Hove and Albion
- Jordaan says Tau will benefit from playing in Europe because the European teams prepare their players mentally and physically
South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan has lauded Percy Tau’s move to Europe and believes the striker will become a better all-round player. Tau signed a four-year deal with English Premier League side Brighton Hove and Albion.
Jordaan said playing in Europe would benefit Tau because of the way the European teams prepare their players both physically and mentally.
Jordaan said in his experience players in the European leagues were mentally tougher and physically stronger because of the extra training their clubs required of them.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Jordaan pointed to the recently completed FIFA World Cup where European teams dominated the competition. He said European players were strong enough to play until the last minute and then had the mental strength to play extra-time.
Kickoff.co.za reported that Jordaan said Tau would only benefit from the type of training and he would be a better player for Bafana Bafana in the long-term.
Jordaan said the move would be good for Tau on a personal level too and would allow him to broaden his life experiences.
Jordaan said the only real question regarding Tau’s move was whether it was best for him to move to England or to Spain.
Tau will be loaned to an as yet unnamed European team for his first season in order for him to gain some valuable experience playing in European conditions and against European players.
Reports indicate that Tau will play for Belgian second division side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise. The team is owned by Tony Bloom who also owns Brighton Hove and Albion.
Bloom has publicly stated his intentions of returning the historic Belgian side to its former glory.
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