Bafana Bafana star man Percy Tau insists he has improved his game despite playing in the Belgian second division.
And he is out to show it in South Africa’s Afcon 2019 qualifying double-header against the Seychelles, starting at Soccer City in Saturday’s 3pm kickoff.
Reigning PSL Player of the Year, Tau, landed a dream move to Premier League side Brighton for a South African record R50m from Mamelodi Sundowns at the start of the season.
But the 24-year-old was immediately sent on loan to Union Saint Gilloise.
Tau, however, says that despite scoring twice and setting up four goals, he is not too good to not be developing his game in Europe’s lower leagues.
He says: “I don’t think I can justify everyone’s opinion.
“We live in a society where everyone has a view on things, and for me this is just a different path - one which I have taken and chosen. I have done this before. I went [on loan from Sundowns] to Witbank Spurs, and it was still worth it.
“It is always good to have that personal belief that things will get better and improve.”
Tau also reveals that his new role in a two-man attack is turning the winger into a more complete player.
He adds: “We play a 4-4-2 formation, with two strikers and we play the same roles. He [Youssoufou Niakate, with 14 goals in 10 matches] has to defend and so do I.
“We just share the load, but I still play a similar position, just that there is some defending that needs to be happening that side.”