- Bafana Bafana star Percy Tau earned his big European move to Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion, but things haven't gone as planned
- Tau made the most of the situation and won the Jupiler Pro League title with Club Brugge in Belgium this season
- The star opened up on some of the early challenges in the country and how he overcame the language barrier
South African soccer sensation Percy Tau made a name for himself at Mamelodi Sundowns, but earned his dream move to Europe two years ago.
Tau was transferred to English Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion in a deal reported to have cost R50-million, but things haven't panned out as planned.
Due to work permit issues, Tau hasn't been able to kick a ball for Brighton and was instead loaned to Royale Union Saint-Gilloise in Belgium.
Tau's quality shone through and he was crowned the Proximus Player of the Season after impressing in the second tier.
Since then, Tau moved to Club Brugge and his career has soared to new heights.
Not only did he win the Jupiler Pro League title, but he earned even more fans following some brilliant performances in the UEFA Champions League.
However, KickOFF.com reported that life was initially tough in Belgium following an interview with Teko Modise in a PUMA South Africa Instagram Live session.
Tau revealed that all the other players spoke French. Only one other player understood English.
Tau said, "Every time he [the coach] gave a talk he would have to stop and switch languages, and at some point, we had two meetings, one where he spoke to the French players and the English-speaking players afterwards."
He added, "But it killed our game-plan because there was no time for all that."
Tau explained that the club's resources were being wasted due to the language barrier.
He said, "Eventually, we went for French lessons and it was difficult for a Pedi guy like me to go learn French. I wasted their money."
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that Tau celebrated his 26th birthday in May.
To mark the occasion, Briefly.co.za shared six interesting facts about the footballing superstar.
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