Brighton were keen to turn down loan offers for Ferguson with the 18-year-old forward to join De Zerbi’s first-team squad

Brighton are looking to turn down loan offers for starlet Evan Ferguson, with the 18-year-old striker set to be part of Roberto de Zerbi’s first-team squad for the remainder of the season after a phenomenal start to his Premier League career

  • Brighton are ready to block any proposed loan deal for striker Ferguson
  • Burnley, Blackburn, Ipswich and Derby have all expressed interest in a loan deal
  • The teenager has scored in his last two games against Arsenal and Everton

Brighton are ready to block any proposed loan move for striker Evan Ferguson following his latest performance against Everton on Tuesday night.

The 18-year-old Irishman, making his debut in the Premier League, turned Jeremy Sarmiento’s cross into the top corner against Everton, becoming the youngest player to score in consecutive Premier League games since Federico Macheda for Manchester United in 2009 scored

Ferguson scored after coming on as a substitute against Arsenal on New Year’s Eve and it followed his Premier League debut as a late substitute in the Seagulls’ 3-1 win at Southampton on 26 December.

Brighton are ready to block any proposed loan deal for striker Evan Ferguson (above).

Brighton are ready to block any proposed loan deal for striker Evan Ferguson (above).

Burnley, Swansea City, West Brom, Blackburn Rovers, Ipswich and Derby County had all made overtures to Brighton in hopes he would be available on the credit market this month.

However, his excellent form has prompted a rethink and he is now expected to remain part of Roberto de Zerbi’s first-team squad and could land a new contract before the end of the season.

Team-mate Solly March, who benefited from Ferguson’s assist to score Brighton’s third goal against Everton, was suitably impressed.

“As an 18-year-old coming to his first Premier League start, that’s really phenomenal,” March said. “He’s strong, he’s fast, he holds the ball well and he scores goals – so we’re very happy with him.

The 18-year-old striker has scored in back-to-back Premier League games against Arsenal and Everton

The 18-year-old striker has scored in back-to-back Premier League games against Arsenal and Everton

“He is a different player than in the last few games. It’s nice to have that big figure in the box that you know will hold up when you pass balls in.

Brighton manager de Zerbi also welcomed Ferguson’s contribution.

“He’s a very good player, very young, but the quality is clear to everyone in Brighton,” said the manager. “He works for the team and I want players who do that. He has physical and technical quality and knows how to score. This is very important for us.”

Ferguson said: “Buzzing with the result and another goal. I feel good. Being with guys every day, they push you. You have to keep working and working. It is good.’

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