By Sean Fisher

25th Oct, 2022 | 8:40pm

Brighton youngster Evan Ferguson reveals reason behind Liverpool and Manchester United snub

Evan Ferguson chose to join Brighton in January 2021 and snubbed Manchester United and Liverpool in order to join the Seagulls.

Ferguson caught the eyes of scouts during his impressive growth at Irish side Bohemians, and quickly became a target for many top Premier League clubs.

But even after trailing with some of Europe’s biggest clubs, Ferguson opted to join Brighton. The 20-year-old striker has since revealed that the club’s trust in younger players helped him make the decision.

Speaking to Sussex Live, Ferguson said: “I think I always knew them [Brighton]. As soon as they were in the Premier League you could see them and you could see what they were trying to do.

“When I came over they were definitely the team I wanted to join. I used to come over to all the clubs with my dad. He had a clue about what was going on so I think he was key.

“I have been on a trial to a few clubs but that [Liverpool] was the main one [other than Brighton]. I was on trial with Manchester United, Celtic, and Everton. I think from the outside it was obvious to see that most of the managers here have given chances to young players.”

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The right direction

Brighton may not be able to lock horns financially with the Premier League’s biggest clubs, but what they can do is implement a system that doesn’t require heavy spending.

In that sense, Brighton are one of the best clubs in England. The club is run fantastically from top to bottom and the squad is now reaping the rewards.

The Seagulls have one of the cheapest squad values in the Premier League due to the small fees paid for players. Moises Caicedo is a perfect example and was another target that Brighton secured despite interest from Manchester United [Manchester Evening News].

Brighton’s trust in youngsters such as Caicedo is exactly why Ferguson opted to move to the south coast, and it could well turn out to be a brilliant decision.

New Albion boss Roberto De Zerbi has carried on the tradition of trusting youngsters at the AMEX Stadium, and that’ll be music to Ferguson’s ears.

In other Brighton news, midfielder Taylor Richards faces a big 2022/23 campaign