Former Bafana Bafana international Masilo Modubi insists Percy Tau needs to be bold if he is to make a success out of playing in the Premier League.
Modubi was signed to Chelsea as a youngster but was never awarded the opportunity to play for the senior team because he didn't have enough national team caps to be handed a work permit to play in England.
“Look, times have changed. These days you can’t put a pause to players if they want to move to big leagues, when they see players who are 16 or 17 playing at Chelsea or Liverpool they also feel they can do it," Modubi told Far Post.
"I am not the one to say he should stay one more season but I would love him to be fearless and go for what he feels is best for him…Gone are the days were people say ‘he's young he needs time."
“I think he has the qualities and he's smart. I am not saying he will make it but I would love him to give it a try and let us see what will unfold. Everything depends on your performance.
“Tau was player of the year [at Proximus League] before he came to Brugge so people were already talking about him before he went to Brugge.
"What made him special to the fans in his first match [against Sint-Truiden]," Modubi continued.
"He was amazing, I saw the whole game and everyone was impressed. He is a very special player I have to say. I am very proud of him. I know coming to Europe at that age is tough to adjust as we have seen in the past with players coming from South Africa.
"I have to say he adapted very well and very quickly because it is not an easy thing to do. Maybe it shows that he is in a different class."