said head coach Roberto De Zerbi, after the 18-year-old’s starring role in last night’s 4-1 win over everton in Goodison Park.
Ferguson showed exactly what the Italian meant during the 71st minute he was on the pitch in his Premier League debut Premier League.
By scoring the second goal – his second in as many matches – and providing the assist for the third Sully MarchAt the age of 18 years and 76 days, Ferguson became the second-youngest player in Premier League history to score and assist in a match, after Michael Owen in 1997 (17 years and 364 days vs. Crystal Palace).
the Republic of Ireland The prospect has a bit of everything, all the qualities to convert into the type of N0 9 Brighton would need to break the bank in order to buy externally.
This is not the way they do things. They are committed to moving the fees and wages they can afford, and to developing players rather than looking for quick and expensive solutions without any guarantees.
De Zerbi isn’t blessed with many options upfront at the moment. Danny Welbeck He suffered another in a long string of frustrating injuries that have plagued his career, most recently in a friendly match against United Aston Villa In Dubai in November during the rest period to world Cup.
Leandro Trossardused as a false number nine in the 3-1 win at Southampton On Boxing Day and Saturday’s 4-2 defeat at home ArsenalHe looked in the shadow of a player who was in a rich state of form before his disappointing World Cup campaign Belgium.
Denise Ondevwho had struggled to adapt to the first division in Belgium with Union Saint-Gilloise, was unavailable for personal reasons.
Therefore, De Zerby turned to Ferguson after becoming Brighton’s youngest scorer in the Premier League as a second-half substitute against Arsenal.
The manner of this goal showed that he had a mind to match his talent. Unable to get the ball on the drop deep, he decided instead to spin around the back, chasing a pass from the skipper. Louis dunk and effect William Saliba in the error that he punished.
Kaoru Mituma He had already taken Brighton into the lead in the 14th minute when the winger, who had impressed Japan in Qatar, crossed for Ferguson to spin and left-footed half-volley hit the post.
Ferguson can shoot with his right foot too, as he showed by shooting just over it Jordan PickfordTape from 20 yards shortly thereafter.
There was further evidence towards the end of the first half that Ferguson has a clever head on little shoulders. Mituma was injured inside the home penalty area after a heavy fall when referee Andre Mariner allowed Everton to play.
Ferguson made sure, to their dismay, that they did not gain the advantage against ten men through the fouling Idrissa Joy on the middle line. The booking was worth it to stop Everton’s attack and enable Mitoma to receive treatment.
There was no stopping Ferguson’s contribution. Physically strong and mature for his age at 6 ft 2 in (188 cm), he shrugged Dwight McNeil With ease when he fired again narrowly early in the second half.
Ferguson has the presence and touch to carry the ball with his back to goal and the speed to be a threat, running right back.
Duly rewarded in the 51st minute, he pulled away Jeremy SarmientoHe cut the ball in from close range, before coming to his senses three minutes later with the pass from which Mars slotted inside to put Brighton up 3-0.
Pascal Gross He took advantage of Gaye’s woefully short backpass to add Brighton’s third goal in the space of six minutes before substituting Ferguson.
There were handshakes and slaps on the back of De Zerbi’s backside in appreciation of Ferguson’s iconic role as Brighton scored four goals for the first time ever in an away game.
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Everton boss Frank Lampard probably doesn’t remember Ferguson’s brilliant turn in a friendly in his debut game Chelsea Back in July 2019.
Ferguson was just 14 years old when he came off the bench to play a part in Bohemians’ equalizer in a 1-1 draw. Bohemians signed him as part of an agreement with Dublin neighbors St Kevin’s Boys to develop young players.
Brighton was hot on his way by then. He used to train with under-18s in the school holidays.
They thought he was a special talent and signed him two years ago, facing competition from Everton and also Liverpool.
Ferguson has had trials with both Merseyside clubs. He made the mature decision to join Brighton, where he could see a clear path to the first team and where he was likely to break through.
His father, Barry, is a former ‘old school’ central defender for Colchester United, Hartlepool United and Northampton Town. Coventry CityMake sure his feet are firmly on the ground.
It’s still early days for Ferguson. Big things were expected of the little citizen Aaron Connolly In Brighton after scoring two goals in the goal spurs He made his Premier League debut as a 19-year-old in a 3-0 home victory in October 2019.
Connolly’s career has gone in reverse since then. He is about to join Hall City On loan in the Championship, after fruitless temporary transfers to Middlesbrough in Serie B last season and Venice in Serie B this season.
Ferguson was haunted by missing a penalty in the Republic of Ireland’s under-21 penalty shootout defeat by Israel in September’s European Championship qualifiers, having replaced Connolly in the second half of extra time.
He put that behind him by scoring a penalty in Brighton’s Carabao Cup penalty shoot-out defeat away to League One side Charlton Last month.
Ferguson, who signed a new contract until June 2026 on his 18th birthday, possesses the all-around attributes as a player and the mentality to avoid the same fate as Connolly.
Brighton have another young gem on their hands.
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