The League Cup has actually become something of a testing room for a few of the Premier League’s most appealing young players.
This Wednesday, some will get a chance to shine in high-profile settings as 4 of the top-flight’s ‘huge 6’ deal with each other in the fourth round.
BBC Sport speaks with fans from Toolbox, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United about a teenage talent at their club who has the prospective to go far for himself.
Age: 19 Position: Forward First-team appearances: 12 (Toolbox, RB Leipzig) Goals: 3 Assists: 0
Kevin Whitcher, from The Gooner: “When Arsenal fans take a look at Smith Rowe, what we see is potential. His efficiencies in the Under 23 side have actually been noteworthy, but he’s not the first such youngster to look excellent below first-team level, so there isn’t the huge buzz about him yet.
” He is a tidy attacking player, capable of Mesut Ozil-type imaginative moments and he has an exceptional capability to find area. He is definitely willing to strive, specifically if he is played large, although his most natural position would seem to be behind the straw man, from where he can affect the play more.
” His development is totally dependent on exposure. Up until now, he has looked great in flashes, however it’s apparent he is not yet sufficient to replace older alternatives Unai Emery has at his disposal. He’s only 19 however, so time is on his side.
” The benefit of his experience of a couple of months on loan at Red Bull Leipzig last season was tempered by his being injured for excessive of his time in Germany, and there is a sensation he is a little too vulnerable to injury to end up being a first-team component moving forward.
” It’s a case of the jury being out, and it will remain so up until Smith Rowe begins to acquire more routine looks. This need to occur if he can stay fit and Arsenal continue to advance in the both the domestic cups and in Europe.
” He might then make a case for greater Premier League involvement and potentially save the club some cash in the transfer market.”
Age: 19 Position: Defender First-team looks: 50 (Chelsea, Wigan) Objectives: 4 Assists: 4
Ross Mooring from Chelsea Fancast: ” Frank Lampard will be chomping at the bit to face Man Utd on Wednesday. Not just will he be trying to find vengeance for the opening day defeat at Old Trafford, however a League Cup fixture uses the chance for him to blood a lot more youngsters.
” One name Chelsea fans will be trying to find on the teamsheet is Reece James, who spent last season at Wigan and was arguably Chelsea’s best performer of the gamers they loaned out.
” James has only recently returned from injury and presently has his course blocked at right back by seasoned performer and club captain Cesar Azpilicueta. He is an all-action right back in the contemporary mould, allying technical capability with an athletic, stocky frame. He is capable of getting forward, can protect with tenacity and also provides positional versatility. James scored in the last round and requires to get some video games under his belt before challenging Azpilicueta for a regular first-team area.
” Other Chelsea young guns who will likely include, if not from the start then as substitutes, include Marc Guehi, Billy Gilmour and of course Fikayo Tomori and Callum Hudson-Odoi as well as Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.”
Age: 16 Position: Forward First-team looks: 4 (Fulham, Liverpool) Objectives: 0 Assists: 0
Ross Chandley from The Redmen TELEVISION: “Throughout the history of Liverpool Football Club there have actually been some mind-blowing youngsters to work their way through the ranks, a few of which didn’t quite make it while others went on to be world class. It is certainly prematurely to contact Harvey Elliott’s profession, however there is a growing sense the 16- year-old might quite end up being the latter.
” There is an air of enjoyment within his style of play – his capability to inject an unexpected burst of rate integrated with the confidence to take on and mesmerise any challenger that stands in his way. In the brief glimpses we’ve seen of him, he also has a large range of quality in his shipment of passing.
” The winger has found routine playing time in Liverpool’s youth set-up making an overall of 12 appearances, scoring when and helping 5 times – three of which have actually been available in the Uefa Youth League, a competition in which Elliott has actually shone.
” As breathtaking as Elliott is, he still needs to develop his video game, however this isn’t a criticism provided his age. Being within the youth set-up, gaining important experience and settling into life at Liverpool can just benefit him.
” He discovers himself down the chain of command today and I feel he needs to earn the right to be in the mix. Filling the boots of the front three isn’t simple.
” Domestic cup runs are not just essential for Liverpool however also for Harvey and his career. Being on a larger stage, dipping into Anfield and developing a rapport both on and off the pitch with senior gamers are all goals he will set himself and ideally fulfill.
” With the best mindset and assistance around him, I think he can attain all of those and far more.”
Age: 19 Position: Defender First-team appearances: 4 (Manchester United) Objectives: 0 Assists: 1
Barney Chilton from Red News: ” Among the couple of positives of the season so far has actually been the lively appearance of youth – a link to our history, with some hope for the future.
” While Mason Greenwood has actually been understandably noted, and James Garner looks another favorable, Brandon Williams has given as much encouragement as any with his made up display screens in the Europa League, a competition that will hopefully provide additional chance to blood the children in the rest of the group phases.
” Williams has actually looked positive, ensured with the ball and a – crucial active ingredient for the modern-day full-back – good and pacey moving forward.
” A season of shift enables such enthusiastic cameos and whilst we have actually obviously been burned with the weight of prematurely expectation such as with Adnan Januzaj, this looks the very best set of youngsters we have actually had coming through in over a generation. Among them might truly comprehend the opportunity and surprise outsiders which then reveals those around them that they too can understand their possibilities.
” Williams is a skilled prospect, and no wonder [head of first-team development] Nicky Butt has – with that note of care – been talking up this core of youngsters for a while now. Williams made his United launching and then got a new offer in a short area of time, and has not looked fazed by what has actually at times been a circus around him.
” Williams can also push Luke Shaw ahead of him. He can score, has actually been captain in the youth group and is an option to use the best side in addition to left to add versatility. Up until now, so good.”