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Man United and Chelsea ‘keeping close tabs’ on former Bray Wanderers starlet

Andrew Moran

He appears to have a bright future.

Chelsea and Manchester United are monitoring Irish youngster Andrew Moran’s development at Brighton, according to TEAMtalk.

Moran, 17, joined Brighton from Bray Wanderers last year and has made a significant impression for the Seagulls’ Under-18s team with 11 goals and 11 assists in 22 U18 league appearances.

Moran has recently stepped up a level to the Under-23s but has been mainly used in the 18s, for whom he scored a hat-trick against Leicester City earlier this season.

Brighton have high hopes for Andrew Moran

Brighton are said to have high hopes for the teenager, whose fleet-footed performances have helped him push for a break into the senior side at the Amex Stadium.

While Brighton are determined to retain Moran’s services, they are aware that United and Chelsea have watched him in recent months.

Moran – who joined Brighton alongside fellow Bray youngster Leigh Kavanagh – is a versatile attacker capable of operating across the frontline, on either wing or as the central striker.

The below clip demonstrates his natural ability. After playing a neat one-two, Moran races past a sea of Chelsea bodies before hitting the crossbar with a delicate chip – with the goalkeeper well beaten.

Moran is one of several promising young Irishmen to have graced the Brighton academy in recent years with Evan Ferguson, Matt Everitt and James Furlong all having made an impression.

In addition to a strong Irish contingent in their youth ranks, Brighton have Ireland international Aaron Connolly in the senior set-up.

Connolly came through the academy before breaking onto the Premier League scene with two goals against Tottenham Hotspur in October 2019.

Moran certainly seems to be on a similar path. Whether he sticks with Brighton to follow in Connolly’s footsteps or takes a big leap by joining a glamour club like Manchester United or Chelsea remains to be seen.

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