John Barnes urges caution around Brighton prospect Evan Ferguson

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Brighton forward Evan Ferguson is a name on the lips of many in the footballing world. The promising 18 year old broke into the Brighton team this season and has impressed under the guidance of manager Roberto De Zerbi. We sat down with Liverpool legend John Barnes to get his opinion on the exciting Irish prospect. 

January 2021 saw Brighton secure the signature of striker Evan Ferguson. Brighton managed to beat fellow Premier League club Liverpool to his signature. Fast forward almost two years and Ferguson found himself on the scoresheet against league leaders Arsenal in what was only his third full appearance in the first team. At 18 years old he became both Ireland and Brighton’s youngest ever Premier League goalscorer. 

The name Ferguson seems as though it’s likely to live on in the Premier League through the Irishman. He already has 3 goals and 7 appearances for the Seagulls and has impressed with his physical presence, ability to strike and manipulate the ball. If the rumours are true it seems as though Ferguson has already managed to gain the attention of some of the league big hitters including Chelsea and Tottenham. However, Barnes who has been impressed with the young talent has urged caution amongst the excitement surrounding Ferguson.

Ferguson has got great potential but hasn’t shown anything yet

“Evan Ferguson has done really well for Brighton and he is a very talented, British centre forward. He is causing the opponents a lot of problems.”

“But he is only 18 years old so he should stay and not make a big move just to sit on the bench. He has to keep developing and play a lot of games.”

“When he has done it over a period of two or three seasons then I would say that he is good enough to play for Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool or Manchester United.”

“But unfortunately we are doing this way too often in England. When a player is performing in a few games then we are hyping them too much which doesn’t help the players at all.”

“So far he has done absolutely nothing. He’s got great potential but hasn’t shown anything yet.”

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