Evan Ferguson's rise in recent months has been remarkable.
While he has long been touted as a top prospect in this country, few would have predicted just how much of an impact he would have during his first sustained run of games in senior football.
Since the end of December, he has scored seven goals and registered two assists for Brighton in all competitions. He has also made his competitive debut for Ireland and scored his first international goal in the friendly against Latvia. Certainly not a bad run for a player who only turned 18-years old back in October.
What a finish from @Evan_Ferguson9 last night! 🤤✨ @BrightonTools 📺 pic.twitter.com/voqmXVXu77
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) April 5, 2023
It's fair to say that he plays to a level well beyond what you would expect from someone of his age. Whereas many of his peers would struggle with the physicality of the Premier League, his size and pace means this has not been an issue. This, coupled with his finishing ability and all around play, is what makes him such an exciting prospect.
Brighton line up new Evan Ferguson contract
Considering the way in which he has already established himself as a key member of the side, it should come as no surprise to learn that Brighton are already looking to tie Evan Ferguson down to a new long-term contract.
According to the Daily Mail, the club are keen to get the Irishman to sign a new deal, one which would no doubt include a sizeable pay rise.
They may want to move quickly.
A number of top teams are thought to be keeping a close eye on his progress. Manchester United are one team that have been consistently linked and are said to be keen to sign him as soon as this summer. Spurs, Chelsea, Newcastle, and Bayern Munich are also interested in his services.
While Ferguson's current deal runs until 2026, a new and improved contract would probably go a long way towards stopping his head from being turned by interest elsewhere. It would also increase any potential fee should Brighton opt to sell him at some point over the next few seasons.
From the player's point of view, he is likely in no rush to leave the Amex. Brighton have proven themselves to be the ideal club for young players to develop at, with the team on the rise under Roberto De Zerbi. Depending on how the next few weeks go, he may even have European football to look forward to next season.
With Evan Ferguson and other young talents emerging, it is an exciting time to be an Ireland fan.