Percy Tau is "doing well" for club and country.

But boss Chris Hughton is unsure what lies in store for Albion's South African summer signing next season.

Tau was loaned out to Royal Union Saint Gilloise, the Belgian club owned by Albion chairman Tony Bloom, in an attempt to help secure a work permit after arriving from Mamelodi Sundowns.

The versatile attacker has provided goals and assists for Gilloise and on Tuesday scored his seventh goal in 17 games for South Africa to snatch a 1-1 draw with Paraguay in Durban.

Tau's future beyond his season-long loan with Gilloise is uncertain.

Hughton told The Argus: "That will be governed probably not by us, it will be governed by work permit, and then that will be a decision.

"On any way he is able to get a work permit then we have a decision in the summer to bring him back for a period of time or go out on loan at a different level.

"At the moment the level he is playing at is Belgian second tier.

"We can't make any decision on it. If he hasn't got a work permit then the decision is where he plays his football, not whether he comes back here or not.

"Through our recruitment department and Davy Weir (below) he has very good contact with him.

The Argus: "We get regular reports on the players out on loan, including Percy, and he is doing well.

"We are conscious of that. We are also conscious that he is doing well at international level, so that has got to be good for him.

"But we can't many any decisions until the end of the season and the bit that is out of our hands is the work permit."