Blog: Percy Tau: Brighton’s South African star, brought by Brexit – The Athletic

Percy Tau, known in South Africa as the Lion of Judah, has turned into Brighton & Hove Albion’s Brexit bonus with the roars of a nation behind him.

Brighton officials didn’t expect the attacker they took a £2.8 million punt on from Pretoria’s Mamelodi Sundowns two-and-a-half years ago to ever kick a ball for the club.

They grew increasingly resigned to raising his resale value through a series of loan spells in Belgium with Royal Union Saint-Gilloise, Club Bruges and now Anderlecht, because of obstacles to securing a work permit.

The UK’s exit from the European Union has changed all that, though, easing the regulations for players from outside Europe and paving the way for Brighton to secure clearance for Tau to join their fight against relegation.

The pivotal role of Brexit in Tau’s arrival on the Premier League stage has encouraged the cheerful 26-year-old to find out a bit more about the issue that…

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