YOUNG Albion prospect Evan Ferguson must have patience before making his first-team debut for the club, according to manager Graham Potter.

Ferguson has been in fine form for the Albion academy side, scoring eight goals in 14 games, including a brace against the Crystal Palace under 23s.

At only 17-years-old, Ferguson has a lot of time on his side to develop his game and work his way into the first team.

However, some fans believe he should have that chance sooner as his prolific form in front of goal could help the first-team who are having their own struggles in front of goal.

The Argus: Brighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter wants patience from Evan FergusonBrighton and Hove Albion manager Graham Potter wants patience from Evan Ferguson

Not for the first time this season, Albion were left frustrated in the Premier League on the weekend. Graham Potter's side dominated the game against Leeds but could not find that finishing touch and score a goal that would have undoubtedly given them the win.

With Ferguson's form, it could be argued that he might have made the difference and been able to score one or two of the opportunities that were missed by senior players at the club.

The Albion manager has told Ferguson that he must be patient before being given a chance in the Premier League side.

Potter told the Argus: "Evan is 17-years-old and has to be a little more patient with that.

"Clearly, he is a guy we know well, and we like a lot.

"I think he needs to allow himself to grow and develop as a footballer, but his potential is huge."

Potter currently has Neal Maupay, Danny Welbeck and Aaron Connolly as his recognised striker options, although Leandro Trossard has also been used in a false nine formation as the central attacker.

Ferguson could help provide competition to the strikers that are currently having issues of their own. Maupay and Connolly have suffered dips in form, Connolly has also had struggles with injuries that have kept him out of the squad.

Danny Welbeck is also having injury issues of his own, although he is expected back soon following surgery on his hamstring.

Albion have also been linked with making moves for strikers such as Dante Vanzeir from Union SG, but could find the answer to their striker issue closer to home.