Evan Ferguson receives significant BBC attention before facing Man United

Pressure is for tyres, not Evan Ferguson…
Evan Ferguson, a breath of footballing fresh air. Still somehow just 18-years-old, the Ireland striker is the talk of the Premier League after becoming just the fourth player under 19 to have notched a league hat-trick.

Joining the illustrious company of the likes of Liverpool’s former heroes Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen, Ferguson is embracing the step-up from bit-part player to Brighton’s main man.

After missing out on Ireland’s dispiriting international window, the former Bohemians youngster is in line to return for the Seagulls on their trip to Old Trafford this weekend.

Having grown up a Man United fan, the game is a significant milestone in Ferguson’s fledgling career, and ahead of it, he sat down with BBC’s Football Focus to discuss his meteoric rise and how he deals with the pressures of a Premier League career at such a young age.

Evan Ferguson on dealing with pressure ahead of Man United clash:
Most young footballers might resonate with having a parent or coach who drove their ambition with expectation, but not Ferguson, who told the BBC that his father, who himself played for Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians, adopted a more hands-off approach, saying;

“It was completely different in Ireland. Dad used to play, Grandad used to play, sort of everyone in my family is known to have played football, so I think it’s just a big football family- I was born into it.

“My Dad never put any pressure on me. It was more just me I think, enjoying playing with the neighbours and all the kids around me. “

This method of mentoring clearly bore fruit, when Ferguson went on to make national headlines as he made his Bohemians senior debut at just 14-years-old in a pre-season friendly against Chelsea. Reflecting on that remarkable achievement, the striker said;

“I think you notice more afterwards what people were saying, and I was like “Is that not normal?”, but then I realised that no, it wasn’t.

“There was no pressure on me because no one is expecting anything out of a young kid, so I just went out there and tried to do something.”

Concluding the brief interview, Ferguson was asked his thoughts on being compared to Bayern Munich and England striker Harry Kane, along with where he sees his long-term future in the game being spent.

“I take little bits out of his (Kane’s) game and try to bring them into my own game. I see why people say that we are a little bit similar but people are always just trying to compare me to another person, aren’t they?

“I don’t know. I’m just a relaxed, chilled out person… It’s a good question but I think it’s hard to say right now. We’ll see how this season goes, a full season, because last season I only sort of came in half way.”


Man Utd told they have their own Nicklas Bendtner who Ten Hag could unleash this weekend

One Manchester United player has curiously been compared to former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner.

Manchester United have seen their new striker Rasmus Hojlund compared to ex-Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner by his former coach, ahead of what could be his full debut this weekend. The £72million signing came off the bench at the Emirates before the international break, but could be handed his first start on Saturday against Brighton after fully recovering from injury.

Christian Mouroux, who coached Hojlund from the age of 12 with Denmark minnows Horsholm-Usserod Idraetsklub, has lifted a lid on the young striker’s mentality as he prepared for what could be his first start for United under Erik ten Hag – having shrugged off a back injury that delayed his participation after the blockbuster summer transfer.

Mouroux took the opportunity to compare Hojlund to Bendtner, who was also a Denmark international and spent 10 years at Arsenal before spells at Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest and back in Danish football. However, while Bendtner had shown glimpses of promise and scored over 100 career goals, he had a reputation for enjoying the nightlife and showing off his Paddy Power boxers during a Euro 2012 match.

“A good comparison can be made to the other rising superstar we had in Nicklas Bendtner,” Mouroux told The Sun when asked about Hojlund. “They are both number nines, both very physical and have this twinkle in the eye. They are humorous, outgoing and cheeky.

“Bendtner was probably a more naturally-gifted footballer but that perhaps made him take things more lightly and get influenced by everything that affects you from the outside when you become a superstar. Rasmus is completely different.

“Although I’m sure he will probably buy a bigger car and has a nice watch, it will not blow out of proportion. He has the right mentality for it. He is so disciplined. He is very aware of what hard work does for you and it’s hard work that has brought him to where he is today.”

United supporters may be wary of Bendtner being described as a more gifted footballer than Hojlund, though they will have been impressed with his camo debut in the 3-1 defeat away to Arsenal before the international break.

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