Brighton caretaker manager Crofts says Ferguson 'progressing well'

Brighton caretaker manager Andrew Crofts is delighted with the progress of Evan Ferguson.

The Republic of Ireland under-21 striker has four goals in three Premier League 2 appearances and made his Premier League debut back in February.

Crofts said, “He has a good chance of being in and around the squad. The squad is very strong and competition in forward areas is really strong – there is a bit of work to do on that but I think if he keeps progressing well, there could be chances at some point this season.

“He just needs to concentrate doing what he is doing. If he is playing games for the 21s and learning his trade there and scoring goals, that is really important to help him have a better chance of getting closer to the first team.

“He has been in and around the first team in terms of a lot of training and then the cup games and a couple of Premier League squads. It is a case of making sure he is getting his game time regularly to help him develop. Obviously scoring the hat-trick against Leicester [in Premier League 2] – and some hat-trick it was – was great.

“It’s that fine balance of what Evan needs. He is progressing well and it is just making sure his game time stays where it’s at and he keeps pushing to see where he can get in terms of in and around the first team squad.

“He has got a lot of different strengths. For a 17-year-old, he is physically very good in terms of handling that side of the game, he is a very powerful boy. He has got wonderful technique in terms of finishing – he knows how to find the back of the net in lots of different ways.”