Club CEO says it’s ‘part of the plan’ to sell wonderkid that previously trialed at Liverpool

Brighton chief executive Paul Barber has suggested that when the time comes, it will be part of the plan to offload one of their brightest young stars.

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Brighton chief executive Paul Barber has made a big claim about Brighton youngster Evan Ferguson.

Ferguson has been touted as the next big talent for the No.9 position and is viewed as the future of the Ireland football team.

At eighteen, he became the youngest-ever Premier League goal scorer for Brighton and Ireland.

On January 3, 2023, three days later, Ferguson made his Premier League debut and scored once again in the team’s 4-1 triumph over Everton.

His Premier League record currently stands at 38 appearances, managing 12 goals and 3 assists in that time.

For Ireland, he has netted 3 goals in 8 appearances for his nation.

It was previously reported that back in 2020, Evan Ferguson was close to joining Liverpool and had actually gone on trial at Anfield.

He would later reveal his rationale for choosing the Seagulls over the Reds:

“I went to Liverpool a few times,” Ferguson began.

“It’s a good club, but you see so many boys at Liverpool just fading away and there’s no chance to get in the first team.”

“I was thinking, ‘Do I just want to play two years of Under-18s and then go to the U23s and go from there to where?’” 

The striker instead chose to continue his development at Brighton, which seems to have paid off thus far.

Now Brighton chief executive Paul Barber has suggested that the plan is to sell Evan Ferguson when the time comes.

What did Paul Barber say regarding Evan Ferguson?

Speaking to talkSPORT, the Brighton man said:

“With someone like Evan who’s an incredible talent, an incredible talent, he’s still got a way to go to learn his trade,” Barber said.

“So, yeah, letting him go at some point in the future is going to be I’m sure part of the plan both from our side and Evan’s side but in the short-term we want to try and make sure that we develop him as best we can.” 

It’s rare to see an owner of a football club speak so candidly, but Barber knows the ceiling of Ferguson.

Ferguson at Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp would likely love to have Evan Ferguson at Anfield.

The Irishman has so much potential, and the German will no doubt be able to harness his characteristics.

Jurgen Klopp took the likes of Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane and even Mohamed Salah to the next level.

However, as is normally the case with Liverpool, Ferguson’s price tag will likely rule the Reds out of a potential move in the future.

There is talk of a £100m price tag on the head of the forward, which is wholly outside of Liverpool’s budget.

Nonetheless, it’s an interesting little claim by Barber, with Ferguson one to keep an eye on in the coming years.

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