The 18-year-old joined the Seagulls from Irish club Bohemians during in January 2021 and made his first-team debut in the first month of the following season as he came on as a substitute for Enock Mwepu in a Carabao Cup tie at Championship club Cardiff City.
However, it is in recent months when the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international has really come to the fore after he scored his first senior goal for the club in a 3-0 win at League One side Forest Green Rovers in a Carabao Cup tie in August.
A maiden Premier League strike came in a 4-2 defeat at title favourites Arsenal in December and Ferguson added to his tally over the last fortnight with goals in a 4-1 win at Everton and Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Leicester City.
Sherwood assessed the forward’s impressive header at the King Power Stadium by comparing it to United legend Shearer - and he believes the youngster could follow in the former Magpies captain’s footsteps at St James Park.
“Didn’t we just mention that Newcastle were looking for a striker? That might be one there,” he told Optus Sports.
“Go in there now, there’s no point in getting him after he’s scored 50 Premier League goals because he will be unaffordable. Now’s the time you need to pick him out – when they’re ready, they’re ready. This boy has emerged and [Leandro] Trossard has been allowed to leave the football club because Ferguson has emerged from nowhere.
“De Zerbi is obviously looking down at the academy as well and appreciates the qualities of this boy and that finish (against Leicester) is outstanding. That’s Alan Shearer in his pomp. De Zerbi is excited about this one – I just love this manager, I love him. When he first came I was a little bit suspect because I didn’t know anything about him but all of a sudden he’s taken off and the way they play is so attractive. I love him!”