Percy Tau knows that playing in the Premier League would make him a trailblazer back home in South Africa.
The forward, on loan at Anderlecht for the current campaign, said, “I would be very proud if I was to play in the Premier League. People from my country are always looking out for players who compete in the big divisions across the world.
“We give hope to the next generation of players in South Africa. It helps them to have something to aim towards. I would be very proud if I could be one of those players.
“I am just grateful that Brighton were able to sign me from South Africa. I will always be proud of that moment and cherish them for giving me the opportunity to come to Europe.
“I can only speak from the outside, but the team have been playing well and have some interesting players in the side. They're the first result and matches I look for.”
There have been 13 players who have represented South Africa in the Premier League to date.
Tau picked out the names that stick out in his mind, as well as individuals who have left a lasting impression on him from afar in England.
“I have so many names I remember watching. We had Steven Pienaar playing for Everton, Benni McCarthy and Aaron Mokoena as well.
“Those are probably the names I reflect most on because of their involvement with the South African national team.
“I also enjoyed the likes of Robinho at Manchester City and Luis Suarez at Liverpool. It's such a great league and I grew up loving it.”