The Carabao Cup starts to increase this week with the Big Six entering the competition in the third round.
With English domestic matches appearing thick and fast, and European competition close, the Premier League coaches will be given the opportunity to comfort players and give some of their youthful exciting products on the tour.
With 15 matches scheduled on the midweek schedule, Sportsmail He looks at ten exciting teenage talents looking to impress top clubs.
The Carabao Cup runs in the middle of the week, giving young people many opportunities to impress
William Saliba (Arsenal)
Arsenal could be ready to make the debut of one of the new center back additions in William Saliba when Arsenal travel to Leicester on Wednesday evening.
The 19-year-old played 16 matches for Saint-Etienne last season but is yet to play in the Premier League under Mikel Arteta having secured some important minutes under his belt with the U-23 side last week.
Saliba was ranked high by Arsenal, who paid him £ 27m last summer before loaning him to Saint-Etienne. Could it be the solution to Arsenal’s defensive problems?
Arsenal may offer their first competitive match against William Saliba against Leicester City on Wednesday
Liam Dilab (Manchester City)
After beating Wolverhampton in the Premier League on Monday night, Pep Guardiola confirmed that he would mostly use the academy players for the Carabao Cup match against Bournemouth on Thursday night.
Possibly one of the players was the young striker Liam Delap, who was on the bench in Molino as a backup option for Gabriel Jesus.
The 17-year-old, son of former Stoke City midfielder Rory, is over six feet tall and has scored three goals in two matches with the City Under-21 so far this season.
With Sergio Aguero potentially out for two months due to injury, Dilab could consolidate his place as City’s backup striker if he plays against the Cherries.
Liam Delab could get a surprise start for Manchester City against Bournemouth this week
Nico Williams (Liverpool)
Right-back Nico Williams is already a familiar face to Liverpool fans after playing six times in the Premier League last season for the title-winning side, Jurgen Klopp.
But the Wales international defender has failed to form any of the Reds’ teams in the Premier League this season, despite having played in the Liverpool Shield against Arsenal last month.
Williams scored his first international goal in early September – a last-minute winner against Bulgaria in the Nations League – and the 19-year-old will feel able to challenge Trent Alexander-Arnold for a starting point if he continues his rise when Liverpool travel to Lincoln on Thursday.
Nico Williams hopes to continue his rise as Liverpool travels to Lincoln City
Nils Nkunku (Everton)
Everton beat Salford City in the second round of the competition last week, but the surprising star during that match was the summer signing of Nils Nkunku.
The 19-year-old joined on a free transfer from Marseille earlier this summer, and Carlo Ancelotti was a fan of the French left-back.
Nkunku showed great speed in the 3-0 win at Goodison Park last week and will likely get another chance to shine when the Toffees face Fleetwood Town on Wednesday.
Nils Nkunku made his debut for Everton in the 3–0 win over Salford City in the second round
Anthony Robinson (Fulham)
Fulham hosts Sheffield Wednesday in the third round this week, as Scott Parker prepares to make the changes to create a healthy competition for places at Craven Cottage.
One area the West London team needs to improve is defense, with Fulham conceding seven goals in their first two matches. With Joe Brian wasting a penalty in Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Leeds, summer Anthony Robinson is expected to come and fight for his chances at the start.
The US full-back arrived from Wigan Athletic on a £ 2million deal over the summer, but he only started a 1–0 victory in the second round over Ipswich Town in his football career so far.
Anthony Robinson (left) could give the headache of choosing Scott Parker at Craven Cottage
Ian Matsen (Chelsea)
Another left-back seeking to impress in West London is Dutch defender Ian Matsen, who may play for Chelsea against Barnsley on Wednesday night.
The 18-year-old has been at Stamford Bridge for two years after joining PSV Eindhoven Academy in 2018. He has only had one big appearance with the Blues so far, which came in the third round last year from Grimsby Town.
With Ben Chilwell still injured and Marcus Alonso fighting for his level, Matsen could earn some of his most valuable first-team minutes this week.
Ian Matsen (above) can challenge Marcus Alonso at left-back at Chelsea
Anthony Gordon (Everton)
Local player Anthony Gordon signed a new contract at Goodison Park at the start of the month and then dazzled Everton fans with a superb display against Salford City in the second round.
The 19-year-old midfielder hit the wood several times in a comfortable win and had no luck not scoring the net.
Gordon played several times under Carlo Ancelotti last season in the Premier League, and the Liverpool-born player could boost his chances of having more time in Premier League matches with another strong showing in Fleetwood.
Anthony Gordon was not so lucky as he did not score in Everton’s second-round match against Salford City
Tommy Doyle (Manchester City)
Hot young midfielder Tommy Doyle declared himself to Manchester City fans by appearing as a substitute in his team’s 5–0 victory over Newcastle United earlier this year.
Now he has a real chance of getting his first big start with Pep Guardiola who host Bournemouth on Thursday.
The 18-year-old has been compared to Phil Foden in his playing style and recently signed a new deal at Etihad Stadium until 2025. He is definitely one for the future.
Tommy Doyle (left) played for Manchester City last season under Pep Guardiola (right)
Sepp van den Berg (Liverpool)
Liverpool were struggling with defending problems ahead of Thursday’s Carabao Cup confrontation with Lincoln. Joel Matip and Joe Gomez missed Sunday’s win over Chelsea, which means Fabinho was forced to be deputized in the defense.
In order to give interim Brazilian defender Virgil van Dijk a break before a busy schedule, Juergen Klopp might be tempted to play with young defender Sepp van den Berg against League One.
The Dutch defender played three times in the League Cup last season but was unable to appear in the Premier League in the Reds’ campaign that won the title.
Sepp van den Berg (right) can help give Virgil van Dijk a rest in the Liverpool defense line
Rikim Harper (West Bromwich Albion)
West Brom’s Rekeem Harper was already a great talent before facing Baggies in the second round against Harrogate Town last week. His stock soared when fired in a long-range attempt to open the scoring at Hawthorns.
The 20-year-old midfielder played only ten times in the last season West Brom won the promotion, but was knocked off the bench in the opening game of the Premier League season against Leicester City.
Harper will be hoping for more minutes as Slavin Bilic hosts Brentford in the third round. The Bee challenged the Buggy team to runners-up last season and beat Southampton in the previous round of the Cup.
Rickim Harper scored a long-range howitzer in the second round, beating Harrogate City
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