How does Ferguson compare with Premier League’s top teenagers?

29 Nov 2023
Ferguson, Brighton

Brighton striker has matched the achievement of a Premier League great after 11th goal of 2023

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With his goal in the 3-2 win at Nottingham Forest, Brighton & Hove Albion forward Evan Ferguson matched a feat achieved by the Premier League Hall of Fame member Wayne Rooney and underlined the potential he has.  

The 19-year-old’s strike from the edge of the box at the City Ground was his 11th Premier League of 2023. The Irishman goes level with Rooney for most Premier League goals in a calendar year scored by a teenager. Rooney achieved his total in 2005, with Manchester United.  

Another two goals from Brighton’s six remaining matches this year and Ferguson will go above Nicolas Anelka and Francis Jeffers to third in the rankings.  

He might struggle, however, to get to the 22 goals Robbie Fowler scored in 1994 and the 25 Michael Owen registered, both for Liverpool.  

Ferguson’s goal tally is more remarkable for the fact that his playing time has been restricted this year. Indeed, his total of 11 goals has come at a rate of one every 143 minutes, a rate that only Owen and Fowler have bettered among teenagers who have scored at least 10 goals in a calendar year.  

Player Year Goals Mins/goal
Michael Owen 1998 25 126
Robbie Fowler 1994 22 140
Nicolas Anelka 1998 12 221
Francis Jeffers 1999 12 172
Wayne Rooney 2005 11 175
Evan Ferguson 2023 11 143

If he maintains this scoring rate before he turns 20 on 19 October 2024, Ferguson will likely go into the top eight of teenagers to have scored the most Premier League goals.  

Player Goals
Michael Owen 40
Robbie Fowler 35
Wayne Rooney 30
Mason Greenwood 20
Nicolas Anelka 19
Alan Smith 17
Francis Jeffers 17
Chris Bart-Williams 14
Raheem Sterling 14
Romelu Lukaku 14
Emile Heskey 13
Marcus Rashford 13
Evan Ferguson 12
Robbie Keane 12
Ryan Giggs 12

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