Premier League wonderkids who could light up the Carabao Cup, including Reece James, Troy Parrott, Bukayo

Premier League wonderkids who could light up the Carabao Cup, including Reece James, Troy Parrott, Bukayo
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The Carabao Cup returns this week with the Premier League’s big boys entering the third round.

A lot of Premier League clubs have used the tournament to give youth a chance in the past – and that could continue this season if managers choose to rest some of their top stars.

Tahith Chong could be one of many youngsters playing for Manchester United this week

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Tahith Chong could be one of many youngsters playing for Manchester United this week

Manchester City travel to Preston looking to win the competition for a third successive season, while Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham travel to Colchester in desperate need of a positive result.

There could be a few shocks on the card with League One clubs MK Dons and Rochdale taking on Liverpool and Manchester United, respectively.

Below, talkSPORT.com has take an look at 12 wonderkids who could star in the Carabao Cup this week.

Reece James (Chelsea)
Age: 19

Reece James is ready to make a big impact

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Reece James is ready to make a big impact

A stunning loan spell with Wigan last season has seen Blues fans begging for the youngster to come in and replace Cesar Azpilicueta as the club’s right-back.

Defensively smart and outrageously good with the ball at his feet, it’s no wonder he’s been used in midfield too.

An ankle injury in the summer stopped him taking up a role in Frank Lampard’s side sooner but he should start against Grimsby on Wednesday.

Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham)
Age: 20

Japhet Tanganga could be the next breakout star at Tottenham

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Japhet Tanganga could be the next breakout star at Tottenham

Tanganga impressed during pre-season for Tottenham. Playing the central defender could hand a welcomed rest to Jan Vertonghen or Toby Alderweireld.

Davinson Sanchez could also be a doubt for the Colchester trip after missing Saturday’s defeat to Leicester.

So it could result in Pochettino giving Tanganga his senior Spurs debut.

Rhian Brewster (Liverpool)
Age: 19

Rhian Brewster could be in line for a first Liverpool start

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Rhian Brewster could be in line for a first Liverpool start

Even though he possesses Champions League and UEFA Super Cup winners’ medals, Brewster is yet to make a senior appearance for Liverpool.

He was included in a Reds matchday squad for their 2-1 win over Chelsea on Sunday for the first time since April 2017.

And Brewster could finally make his first Liverpool appearance at Stadium MK on Wednesday, LIVE on talkSPORT.

With Divock Origi injured and Roberto Firmino in need of a rest, it leaves Brewster as the ideal replacement.

Troy Parrott (Tottenham)
Age: 17

Troy Parrott is pushing for a start against Colchester

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Troy Parrott is pushing for a start against Colchester

In the international break earlier this month, Parrott scored three goals in two games for the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21 side.

He netted the winner against Armenia, before grabbing a brace in a 3-1 win over Sweden.

Pochettino included Parrott in his Champions League squad this season, a sign that he rates the youngster highly.

After failing to sign a replacement for Fernando Llorente in the summer, Harry Kane is the club’s only recognised senior striker.

If given the chance against Colcehster, Parrott could ease the burden on Kane’s shoulders.

Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
Age: 18

Bukayo Saka is an Arsenal academy graduate

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Bukayo Saka is an Arsenal academy graduate

Saka played a starring role in Arsenal’s 3-0 Europa League win over Frankfurt last week, scoring once and assisting twice.

His performance was rewarded with a first Premier League start against Aston Villa on Sunday, however, his game ended prematurely.

Following a red card to full-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Saka was the sacrificed attacker who made way for Calum Chambers at half-time.

He could get another chance to impress against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday, LIVE on talkSPORT 2.

Mason Greenwood (Manchester United)
Age: 17

Mason Greenwood will be 18 next month

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Mason Greenwood will be 18 next month

Greenwood missed Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to West Ham through illness.

It was a shame for the Manchester United starlet, who scored the winning goal in last week’s Europa League victory over Astana.

He could recover in time for Wednesday’s home tie with Rochdale, though, which would likely see him replace Marcus Rashford, who was forced off with a groin injury at the London Stadium.

Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool)

Age: 20

Caoimhin Kelleher is currently Liverpool’s second-choice goalkeeper

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Caoimhin Kelleher is currently Liverpool’s second-choice goalkeeper

Kelleher underwent surgery on a broken wrist in July, which saw him miss Liverpool’s pre-season games.

Goal reports the fit-again goalkeeper will make his senior debut against MK Dons, in place of Adrian, who has been filling in for the injured Alisson.

Domingos Quina (Watford)
Age: 19

Domingos Quina is one for the future

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Domingos Quina is one for the future

Quina enjoyed a breakthrough 2018/19 season with Watford, making 13 appearances and scoring one Premier League goal.

The midfielder suffered a dislocated shoulder towards the end of the season, which has halted his progress in recent months.

However, he started in Watford’s 3-0 win over Coventry in the second round of the Carabao Cup, and is expected to keep his place against Swansea on Tuesday.

Quina will be eager to impress new Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores.

Michael Obafemi (Southampton)
Age: 19

Ralph Hasenhuttl is a big fan of Michael Obafemi

Ralph Hasenhuttl is a big fan of Michael Obafemi

Obafemi’s 2018/19 season was disrupted by hamstring injuries, with his last appearance of the campaign coming in February.

Now, he appears fully fit and is pushing Che Adams, Danny Ings, Nathan Redmond and Shane Long for a starting place.

Obafemi started and scored the only goal in Southampton’s second round win at Fulham last month, and he’ll be hoping to be the star man once more this week.

Billy Gilmour (Chelsea)
Age: 18

Billy Gilmour is highly-rated by Chelsea chiefs

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Billy Gilmour is highly-rated by Chelsea chiefs

Chelsea youngsters Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have all benefited from the club’s two-window transfer ban.

Only Sergio Aguero (8) has scored more Premier League goals than Abraham (7) this season, while Mount made his England debut earlier this month.

Highly-rated midfielder Gilmour made his Chelsea debut as a late substitute in a 2-2 draw with Sheffield United last month – and he could play a part in their cup tie against Grimsby.

Eric Garcia (Manchester City)
Age: 18

Eric Garcia joined Manchester City from Barcelona in 2017

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Eric Garcia joined Manchester City from Barcelona in 2017

Garcia made his Premier League debut for Manchester City after replacing Nicolas Otamendi in the 63rd minute of their 8-0 thrashing of Watford on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola recently said he would rely on the 18-year-old following injuries to centre-halves John Stones and Aymeric Laporte, which has ruled him out until 2020.

It means Garcia could line up against Preston.

Tahith Chong (Manchester United)
Age: 19

Tahith Chong almost quit Manchester United in the summer

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Tahith Chong almost quit Manchester United in the summer

Chong rejected two loan offers during the summer following a conversation with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian insisted the 19-year-old winger would be given more first-team chances if he kept working hard.

Chong started in the Europa League win over Astana, but failed to make an impact. He’ll be hoping for better luck against Rochdale.

Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolves)
Age: 19

Morgan Gibbs-White could be a future England international

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Morgan Gibbs-White could be a future England international

Gibbs-White is an established member of Wolves’ squad and could be handed even more game time with the club’s participation in the Europa League.

The central midfielder was an unused substitute in Wolves’ 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, so could start when Wolves host Reading on Wednesday.

A cup run could do Wolves the world of good following their winless start to the Premier League season.


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