Ronald Koeman has used his Albion connection for inside information on Evan Ferguson.

The Holland boss could come up against Ferguson when his team play the Republic of Ireland in Amsterdam.

Seagulls goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen is expected to start for the home side at the Johan Cruyff Arena, where he played in a 2-0 win for his club over Ajax last week.

Ferguson has had injury concerns and played only a limited part in that game.

But Koeman, who attended last week’s Europa League game, wants to be aware of what threat the teenager could pose.

He said today: “We know he’s a good striker. We’ve got good information from our goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen about him.

“I watched him last week when he came in against Ajax Amsterdam and he’s a good one.

“He’s a young one, he’s a goalscorer and we have to defend well because he’s a good striker.”

Ferguson missed September’s 2-1 defeat by the Netherlands at the Aviva Stadium with a knee injury and is currently working to shake off a back problem.

Koeman also spoke about the strength in depth he has in central defence.

Jan Paul van Hecke is ambitious to break into the squad but did not get the call this time.

Ajax teenager Jorrel Hato got a first call-up but will be on the bench against the Irish.

It appears Ferguson will be up against Virgil van Dyke and Stefan De Vrij if he plays.