Danny Murphy has waxed lyrical about rumoured Tottenham target, Evan Ferguson, and urged the youngster to stay put at Brighton.
Ferguson has impressed one and all since breaking into Brighton’s senior side, with the centre-forward showing maturity beyond his age.
The 18-year-old has already broken into the Republic of Ireland’s senior set-up and scored his first international goal during last month’s international break to add to his tally of eight strikes for the Seagulls this season (Transfermarkt).
The Daily Mail revealed earlier this week that Spurs see Ferguson as ‘an heir apparent’ to Harry Kane and are thus keen on snapping him up when the transfer window opens.
However, the report added that Brighton are determined to hang on to the centre-forward and are hopeful they can tie him down to a new deal at the Amex Stadium.
Murphy believes that Ferguson is at the right club to continue developing into a top player and asked him to turn down offers that come his way.
The former Spurs midfielder told talkSPORT about the Brighton starlet: “How can you not love the lad?
“He’s massive, strong, he’s a good finisher, two feet, quick enough and awareness. He sees things happening around him.
“I was talking to Pascal Gross about Evan Ferguson. He was speaking in such high regard about Ferguson and basically saying he doesn’t see a weakness.
“He’s going to be a very, very special player, I think. He’s in the right place, by the way. I know there is talk about big clubs coming in, and understandably so. (But) he should stay.”
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Given that Ferguson seems to have Roberto De Zerbi’s trust and is getting regular minutes at Brighton, I do not think he will be too keen on jumping ship this summer.
The 18-year-old might be wary of going to a bigger club and seeing his game time evaporate, thus slowing down his development.
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