Graham Potter says that Evan Ferguson's intelligent play sometimes leads to forgetting that he is still just a teenager.
The forward, who joined Brighton from Bohs in January 2021, played a key part as his side defeated League One team Forest Green in the League Cup on Wednesday.
Evan Ferguson has 'got an exciting future'
1 goal, 1 assist into the next round 💙 https://t.co/J7ZqXbtwAM
— Evan Ferguson (@Evan_Ferguson9) August 24, 2022
In the 38th minute, a lovely touch from Ferguson sent Deniz Undav through on goal, and the German scored his first goal for Brighton. Colombian Steven Alzate made it 2-0 just before half-time.
Four minutes into injury time at the end of the game, Ferguson got his goal when he turned a low cross from Cameron Peupion to the net. It was a move which also involved fellow Irish player James Furlong.
"He is an intelligent player for someone so young,", Potter told Sussex Live, "you look at him and you have to remind yourself he is only 17, so he’s got an exciting future I think, he’s level-headed and a humble guy who again wants to just play football, wants to score goals, help the team, so he has got lots of nice attributes, good movement, intelligent, so we are happy with him.
"He is a 17-year-old so I want to be careful with him in terms of his development, but he is training with us every day and never looked out of place, the boys know his quality and attributes, so I wouldn’t want to rush him into anything but at the same time we really believe that he is going to have a really big future."