Tau delighted with his progress in Europe

Striker says three years in Belgium have accelerated his development.

By Alex Stedman • 30 October 2020

By RSC Anderlecht
Percy Tau in action for Anderlecht.

Albion striker Percy Tau believes the three seasons he has been playing in Belgium a hugely positive impact on his development as a player.

The 26-year-old joined Anderlecht on a season-long loan for the 2020/21 campaign, having won the league title with Club Brugge last term. 

He has also played for Union St Gilloise since making the switch to Albion in the summer of 2018.  

He said, “I feel like I have made a lot of progress during my three years in Europe so far. 

“My adjustments have to be quick because each year I have been at a different club. That’s been really good for me because I have learned to adapt to new environments and new people.

“The quicker I am able to adapt to those changes the better I will do on the pitch. When I look back at my games, I can see how I am improving all the time.

“I feel stronger for the experience. I have made lots of memories and have won the league title in Belgium, so it has been great for me.

“At the same time, sometimes it can be difficult, but you have to understand you have an opportunity to always progress and get better. You have to take things days by day and put in your best work each day.”

Tau has netted four times in his last nine matches for Anderlecht, who are managed by former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany. They sit sixth in the Jupiler League ahead of a trip to face league leaders Royal Antwerp this weekend.

“I had discussions with Vincent Kompany and he gave me a really good impression and I had been aware of the stature of the club since I was in South Africa. They are an established club in both Belgium and Europe. 

“The manager has been really good to work with. It’s great to have someone in charge who has competed at the top level of the game for many years. 

“He has a lot of experience and knowledge. He’s very engaging and always asks for feedback on the game, it makes us feel capable of winning games and competing at the highest level. 

“I am confident we can have a good season. We’ve had some good results and we’re not far from the top of the table.”

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