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Tottenham Hotspur Set To Rival Chelsea For This Brighton Striker: Decent Signing For Conte?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Sun claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are set to rival Chelsea for Brighton and Hove Albion striker Evan Ferguson. It has been mentioned that Spurs are showing interest in landing the Irish centre-forward as they look to bolster their squad in the summer.

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Ferguson has come through the youth ranks of Brighton and has done well to prove his worth for them in top-flight football. The Republic of Ireland international has found the back of the net on four occasions and grabbed four assists in 15 senior appearances for the Seagulls so far across all fronts.

The 18-year-old has seen most of his playing time come as a substitute which explains why he is only averaging 1.7 shots, 0.4 key passes and 0.4 dribbles per game in Premier League football. He has even been tidy with his link-up play in the final third, based on his pass completion rate of 81% in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at Brighton is set to expire in the summer of 2026. Thus, it won’t be easy for Spurs to land him on the cheap at the end of this season.

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Is Evan Ferguson A Decent Signing For Tottenham Hotspur Boss Antonio Conte?

Ferguson is proficient at finding space for himself to get a few strikes in at goal. He has proven himself to be a capable finisher in front of the opposition goal.

The Irish talent can also set up some decent chances for others around him on the attacking end of the field and won’t take much time settling into life at Tottenham as he knows the Premier League well by now. The talented teenager is primarily a centre-forward but can also fill in as an attacking midfielder if his manager tells him to do so.

We can expect Ferguson to bring some firepower to Antonio Conte‘s frontline. He could serve as an ideal understudy to Harry Kane at the North London club over the next few years.

At 18, Ferguson has got the potential to become a future star in English football. Thus, Spurs would be wise to get a deal over the line for him in the summer. The Irish whizkid is only going to get better as he matures as a footballer which makes him a decent signing for Conte to pursue in the long run.

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