Sky Sports man labels five-goal Prem teenager wanted by Tottenham, Newcastle target a ‘special talent’

Antonio Conte, Eddie Howe managers

Tottenham and Newcastle have been told they would be landing an elite player if they were to prise a talented teenager that one Sky Sports man thinks is destined to reach the top.

The Magpies are enjoying their best season for years, with Eddie Howe’s side pushing for the top four and coming close to ending their lengthy trophy drought in the Carabao Cup.

Their chief foes in that race for fourth are likely to be Tottenham. And Antonio Conte’s side appear to be leading that race at present after an excellent run of form.

The two sides are also likely to be in the market for similar transfer targets too.

And one of those names who has been mentioned as a target for both clubs is Brighton’s teenage star Evan Ferguson.

Recent reports claim Tottenham are huge fans of the Irish teenager. To that end, The Sun suggest they see the 18-year-old as a long-term successor to Harry Kane.

The Daily Mirror also suggest Newcastle scouts are keeping a close eye on the forward too. Howe’s team are actively looking to bolster their squad with part of their strategy aimed to snaring some of the country’s brightest young talent.

To that end, Ferguson certainly fits the criteria for the Magpies.

He has five goals in 16 appearances for Brighton so far, with Seagulls manager Roberto De Zerbi managing him brilliantly.

His deal at the Amex is currently due to expire in summer 2026. His latest arrangement was only signed in October, though Brighton are keen to further reward him as a result of his progress.

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Dean Ashton tipping Evan Ferguson for big career

And pundit Dean Ashton reckons he has all the qualities needed to reach the top.

He reckons Brighton have another gem on their hands and has told Sky Sports News of the four qualities that Ashton has made him a big standout.

“It’s his talent, it’s his awareness, it’s his movement that’s really impressed me. And actually, he’s been really clinical because it’s not like he’s getting loads of minutes,” Ashton said.

“He’s having to fight for that spot with [Danny] Welbeck as well, who’s obviously got plenty of experience. And I think De Zerbi’s using him in the right way, sort of bringing him in and out. And what an asset to have that maybe you didn’t think you would have when he came into the club to have a young talent such as that can physically handle the demands of the Premier League already.

“He’s kind of gone under the radar a little bit. I don’t think there’s many people shouting from the rooftops about this lad. But he’s 18, and he’s doing this at the elite level. That takes a special talent to do that.”

Ferguson has certainly made the most of his opportunities when they have arisen this season. But perhaps the real credit needs to go to Brighton who always seem to have a plan in place when a big-name departs.

To that end, they have not missed Yves Bissouma or Marc Cucurella following their high-profile summer moves.

And while Leandro Trossard only departed in January, you would expect his absence to be also easily dealt with by the Seagulls.

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