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Michael Owen heaps praise on ‘very talented’ Tottenham target after striker nets another ‘stunning goal’

Pundit Michael Owen

Liverpool legend Michael Owen on punditry duties

Michael Owen has heaped praise on 18-year-old Brighton star Evan Ferguson after the youngster scored a fantastic goal against Bournemouth on Tuesday. 

Due to his fine form, the striker has attracted interest from several Premier League clubs, with Tottenham particularly keen to sign him.

Some reports have suggested that Brighton have already slapped a £100m valuation on Ferguson, showing how highly they rate him.

Owen, who was a prolific striker for Liverpool during his playing career, spoke highly about the forward after he scored a superb backheel goal with his weaker foot.

Speaking to Premier League Productions, Owen said: “He’s at it again, making headlines and he’s a very, very talented player.”

“What a goal. I couldn’t have done this with my left foot.

“It’s a quite stunning goal from Ferguson. A bit of class shown by the youngster.

“He is some player. He is getting rave reviews from a lot of different places.”

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Ferguson prioritises playing time

Overall, in 21 appearances for Brighton, Ferguson has scored eight goals, along with making four assists, giving him an impressive average of 0.57 goal contributions per game.

However, despite interest from Tottenham, as well as Manchester United and Chelsea, the youngster will most likely remain with the south coast club for now.

Ferguson’s current Seagulls contract runs until June 2026, which he only signed in October.

But, it would not be a surprise if the club handed him another new deal at the end of the season to reward his brilliant performances in their first team.

As previously reported by TEAMtalk, the attacker ‘is in no hurry to leave Brighton’ and plans to reject offers from all three of Brighton’s Premier League rivals this summer.

Ferguson is allegedly concerned that he wouldn’t get as much playing time at Spurs, Man Utd or Chelsea, so would prefer to develop his game further at the Amex.

This is hardly a shock, though, considering how well Roberto de Zerbi’s team have been playing this season.

Indeed, Brighton currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League table and still have an outside chance of qualifying for the Champions League – trailing fourth-place Man Utd by seven points, with one game in hand.

Perhaps Ferguson is destined to join a bigger club in the future, but for now, De Zerbi’s side are very much on the up and with a great record of developing young players, it is probably the best place for him.

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