The Carabao Cup returns this week with Premier League sides ready to use the competition to rest a number of their first-team stars.
Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham are all in action in the Carabao Cup third round.
Anthony Elanga scored as United’s U23s beat Brighton on Saturday[/caption]
City boss Pep Guardiola has won the last four tournaments but the Spaniard will need to trust the youngsters to continue this race amid an injury crisis at the Etihad.
Elsewhere, a host of other starlets could make names with Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo in line to rest.
But who are the youngsters ready to play a role in the senior ranks this week? talkSPORT.com takes a look …
Kaide Gordon – Liverpool
The 16-year-old is looking to follow Trent Alexander-Arnold, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott to establish himself in the senior squad.
Gordon only joined Liverpool from Derby County in January, but he is already in contention for his first-team debut against Norwich on Tuesday.
And Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders has revealed the moment the young striker impressed him and Jurgen Klopp during the pre-season.
“About Kaide, before the preseason we always make sure that our greatest talents start a week before the start,” the Dutchman told reporters.
“They start with the Under 23 training and I went to the Under 23 training ground to watch and I see a player and he is on fire every moment he has touched the ball.
“He walks past the players like they’re not standing there so I call Jurgen like ‘Wow we have a new player here’.”
Charlie Patino – Arsenal
The 17-year-old trained with Mikel Arteta’s first team ahead of the 6-0 victory over West Brom in the Carabao Cup second round.
And now, the former Luton Town academy star could be lucky enough to be included as host to the AFC Wimbledon Gunners on Wednesday.
Arsenal academy has produced Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe in recent years and Patino is said to be the next superstar in the making.
The attacking midfielder, who was tipped to become a big one by the scout who discovered Jack Wilshere, humbled United duo Phil Jones and Dean Henderson in a recent Under-23 clash.
Patino’s goal against the young Red Devils proved why he is so popular at the North London club.
Arsenal are also looking a little light in midfield this week, with Granit Xhaka suspended, Mohamed Elneny injured and Thomas Partey not risking the risk of just coming back.
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Cole Palmer – Manchester City
The embarrassment of riches at the Etihad means that only Phil Foden has managed to get a glimpse of the first team in recent years.
But Palmer is on track to follow in his compatriot’s footsteps with City’s current injury crisis forcing Guardiola to look to the youngsters.
The 19-year-old started at Wembley in the Community Shield, as he also marked his England Under-21 debut with a goal this month.
Palmer looks set to continue his strong start to the season against Wycombe, with Liam Delap also in the mix to play for City.
Dane Scarlett – Tottenham
Harry Kane’s lack of Premier League goals this season has been a major talking point for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side so far.
That’s why Scarlett could be a breath of fresh air for Spurs when boss Nuno returns to his former Wolves camp on Wednesday.
It’s not often that a young player is described as a “diamond” by Jose Mourinho, but the young striker received this praise in February.
The 17-year-old remains the club’s youngest Premier League player but has been an unused substitute in four top-level games this season.
He was instrumental in Tottenham’s 2-2 draw against Rennes in the Europa Conference League last week and is expected to be involved against Wolves.
Anthony Elanga – Manchester United
Elanga is seen as a future star at Old Trafford, scoring the last day of last season against Wolves, and is expected to feature at home against West Ham.
The 19-year-old also got on the scoresheet against QPR and Brentford in the preseason and impressed enough to avoid being loaned out.
The Sweden Under-21 international both won a penalty and scored the resulting shot in a win over Brighton U23s this weekend.
Elanga can now have his chance in the upper ranks following the exit of compatriot Dan James while Marcus Rashford is still injured.