Manchester City is closely monitoring the progress of Evan Ferguson, a burgeoning talent, with the intention of either pairing him alongside Erling Haaland or potentially succeeding the Norwegian striker in the future.
According to an Inews report, Evan Ferguson is part of Manchester City’s contingency plan should Erling Haaland be enticed away by Real Madrid at some point. However, their preferred scenario involves extending Haaland’s contract beyond its current expiration in 2027.
Additionally, there have been indications from other sources that Manchester City is exploring the possibility of signing Evan Ferguson to play alongside Erling Haaland in a two-striker system.
🚨 Manchester City are keeping tabs on Evan Ferguson despite their desire to extend Erling Haaland’s contract.
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) September 5, 2023
Evan Ferguson, the 18-year-old prodigy from Brighton, has been under the watchful eyes of top European clubs since last season. His recent standout performance, marked by a hat-trick against Newcastle United, only adds to his growing reputation.
A compelling subplot in this potential transfer is Ferguson’s personal affinity for Manchester United, where he is a devoted fan with Wayne Rooney as his childhood idol.
Ferguson, who joined Brighton in 2022, recently inked a contract extension in April 2023, binding him to the club until 2028. The result of Manchester City’s pursuit is unknown as they attempt to acquire the talented striker.
According to the latest reports, Brighton has placed a price tag of approximately $150 million on the young striker. Should Manchester City decide to proceed with this deal, it would rank among the club’s highest-ever transfer fees paid for a player.
Evan Ferguson’s statistics and playing career in Premier League
Evan Ferguson’s journey at Brighton commenced in January 2021 when he made the move from Bohemians. His rapid ascent through the club’s ranks soon landed him a spot in the first team.
In August 2021, he marked his senior debut for Albion, etching his name in the club’s history as the fifth-youngest appearance-maker in the post-war era.
On New Year’s Eve 2022, Ferguson achieved another milestone, notching his inaugural Premier League goal for Brighton during a match against Arsenal. This achievement made him the youngest scorer for Brighton in the Premier League at just 18 years and 73 days old.
The promising Republic of Ireland striker boasts an impressive track record, with 35 appearances for The Seagulls, where he has contributed 14 goals and four assists.
His creative prowess is evident with 12 chances generated for the club, coupled with an impressive goal-scoring ratio of one goal every 90 minutes. Ferguson’s proficiency extends to his shooting accuracy, converting 27% of his 51 attempts, with the majority of his goals originating from within the box.
In the current season, Ferguson has netted four goals for his English club, landing him among the Premier League’s top performers. He has registered nine shots on target, an achievement only surpassed by Erling Haaland, who leads the league with six goals and 10 shots on target.
Ferguson’s strengths lie in his ability to deliver precise through balls and execute powerful finishes. His penchant for laying off the ball, taking shots from distance, and executing short passes aligns seamlessly with Manchester City’s current tactical system.