When he does so – ideally this week still – Tau will become the very first South African to feature in the English top-flight because Steven Pienaar in the 2016/17 season.

Work permit permitting, Tau will go back to Brighton and Hove Albion for whom he signed for R50 million from Mamelodi Sundowns prior to going out on loan to Belgian 2nd department club Union Saint Gilloise.

Percy Tau has actually played 28 matches for Bafana and has scored 12 goals to date.

There were five South African children registered for numerous English top-flight clubs ahead of the present season, but none of them need to date made their main debuts.

Kgagelo Chauke (17) of Southampton and Nikola Tavares (21) at Crystal Palace have actually come closest having actually been named on the bench in current weeks.

While Percy Tau could well be poised for a prolonged stay in the English Premier League, presently the leading 10 South Africans in regards to matches played in the English top-flight are:

Pienaar’s mark sees him tied for 338th total for the majority of English Premier League matches played.

England Gareth Barry leads the method on 653 appearances.