Keane backs Ferguson to shine in Premier League again

Keane backs Ferguson to shine in Premier League again

FORMER IRELAND STRIKER ROBBIE KEANE says he hopes that Evan Ferguson can continue to improve ahead of the 2023/2024 Premier League campaign.

Ferguson became one of the breakout stars of the season for Brighton & Hove Albion. His quick emergence alerted the bigger clubs in England. This included the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur.

However, the Meath native signed a new deal to stay at the Amex shortly after the links.

A lot of expectation has been placed on Ferguson's shoulders at the age of 18. Some people have even compared the Brighton star to Ireland's record goal-scorer, Robbie Keane.

Keane, speaking to the Betwayblog said, "I’m hoping Ferguson has another good year after his breakthrough season. I know Brighton has signed Joao Pedro as well, but hopefully the two of them can play together.

"I hate putting pressure on young lads and it happens quite a lot. Evan is still only young, so the expectation from me is just to go and enjoy himself. Play as much football as you can and when you get the opportunity, try to score as many goals as you can.

"I know he’s got a great attitude and he’ll continue to work hard. Hopefully, he keeps improving."

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Evan Ferguson of Brighton & Hove Albion scores (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Keane's old side Tottenham will also be aiming to get back into the Champions League. After losing Kane and failing to make Europe last year, the goal once again for Spurs, according to Keane, will be getting back into Europe's premier club competition once more.

"For me, qualifying for the Champions League and winning a cup represent success at Tottenham. That would be huge for them," he added.

"I’m excited to see them under Ange Postecoglou this season as well. He’s a manager that will get the fans going with his style of football. It’s high-speed, playing out from the back, and aggressive, which is how Tottenham fans want to see football played.

"With James Maddison coming in, I think that’s a great signing. I think they need a few more to kick on, but fans will certainly enjoy watching them."