Evan Ferguson: the promising Brighton boy who refused to join Liverpool

Evan Ferguson: the promising Brighton boy who refused to join Liverpool
Evan Ferguson: the promising Brighton boy who refused to join Liverpool
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With Ferguson turning 16 in October 2020, it was clear that the time had come for a permanent move to England, with Liverpool and Brighton emerging as prime options for the teenager to consider.

He told The Athletic: “I’ve been to Liverpool a few times, it’s a good club, but you see a lot of youngsters at Liverpool and there’s not always a chance of getting into the first team. Under-23s and going from there to a destination I don’t know.”

Instead, he chose Brighton, and his decision has brought the biggest benefits so far. Since his arrival in January 2021, he has scored 16 goals in 34 Premier League matches, whether with the first or reserve team, and made his first-team debut in August 2021 as a late substitute against Cardiff City in the European Cup. Carabao.

Ferguson scored his first goal for Brighton in the same competition 12 months later, netting against Forest Green Rovers, and made his senior international debut for the Republic of Ireland during the November international break.

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But since the World Cup break, he has begun to show why there is so much excitement surrounding him at Falmer, as well as in his home country.

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Ferguson was a substitute against Arsenal in only his second league appearance of the year, passing William Saliba before scoring his first Premier League goal of the season, becoming Brighton’s youngest Premier League goalscorer.

“He had brute force in the box,” Crawley explained. “I remember he scored his first goal against St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park. It was considered a foul but it was never a foul. It was from his excessive strength. He almost put the goalkeeper in the net too.”

The 18-year-old cemented that with a winning performance against Everton four days later, which led to teammate Solly March praising his influence at such a young age as “phenomenal”.

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