England and Arsenal legend Ian Wright has slammed Brighton and Hove Albion for their decision to send Percy Tau out on loan to Belgian second division outfit Royale Union Saint-Gilloise.
The 25-year-old joined the Premier League outfit at the start of the season after putting pen to paper on a four-year deal with Brighton but spent the entire 2018-19 campaign on loan at Royale Union Saint-Gilloise in the Belgian second division.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns star proved his worth by being named Player of the Season in that division though it is a few steps down from England’s top flight.
Wright expressed his dissatisfaction of the club and former manager Chris Hughton for allowing Tau to go out on loan instead of helping the club succeed in the Premier League.
‘The owner of Brighton took a player like Percy Tau, and what they should have done was fought hard, because he’s a special talent,’ Wright told the media.
‘But because he owns a second division club in Belgium, they’ve taken a talent like Percy there, where – okay, he’s won the Player of the Year, but – he showed he’s miles better than that league.
‘He should have been gone to Ligue 1, so that when he goes there then at least what happens with Percy is that he would elevate himself.
‘People will see what he’s doing in that league and they – Brighton – will be able to put a case for him to say, “This guy is better than this and should be playing for us”.
‘So, that annoys me. That’s another player Chris Hughton or the owners should have fought for, for me, because he’s offensive and he was going to create something for them.’
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