Gary Lineker says he sees ‘a hint of Erling Haaland’ in Ireland striker Evan Ferguson following his first Premier League hat-trick in Brighton’s 3-1 win over Newcastle.

Speaking on Match of the Day, Lineker said: “I do see a hint of Haaland about him. His stature and his movement and stuff like that and his youth as well.”

Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi believes Ferguson can develop into one of Europe’s leading strikers after he became only the fourth teenager to hit a Premier League hat-trick.

The 18-year-old joined late former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Chris Bart-Williams and ex-Liverpool strikers Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen on an exclusive list with a match-winning treble in Saturday evening’s thumping 3-1 success over Newcastle.

Ferguson slotted home on the rebound to give Albion a first-half lead before bending home a superb second and then claiming the match ball with a further two strikes.