Potter: Ferguson has made fantastic progress

Teenage striker has been a Premier League squad regular in the second half of the season.

By Bruce Talbot • 25 May 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Evan Ferguson scored eight goals in 17 Premier League 2 outings this campaign.

Graham Potter is delighted with the progress teenage striker Evan Ferguson and says he has done ‘fantastically well’ this season.

The 17-year-old Irishman has been a regular in Potter’s squad during our record-breaking Premier League campaign and made his debut against Burnley in February, as well as scoring eight goals in 17 starts for the under-23s.

“You forget that he’s only 17, especially when you watch him every day in training,” said the head coach. “What we’ve done this year is expose him regularly to first team training and he’s not looked out of place at all.

By Paul Hazlewood
Evan has been training regularly with the first team since New Year.

“We have to be responsible because of how young he is so a lot of that we consider in making decisions around him. But he’s done fantastically well, he really has, and we’re so pleased with him.

“With young players you’re better off assessing them after they’ve played 40-50 matches because otherwise you can get caught up in the euphoria and their potential. The reality is until they’ve played that amount of games it’s difficult to really say but everything you need, he’s got.

“Character wise, his personality and mindset are all really good. We’ve got a lot of faith in him.”