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Five Premier League wonderkids who caught the eye in Carabao Cup action

The Carabao Cup gives some Premier League sides the chance to experiment and some youngsters might get their best chance to shine with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal included

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There appears to be no better time in the Premier League to be a young and upcoming talent with so many bursting onto the scene recently.

The Carabao Cup gives a lot of teams the chance to rotate with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal all in action.

Though some may see that as lessening the importance of the competition, that does not apply to the youngster who will get a chance to play in front of a full crowd for their teams.

And there have already been some top performances from the next generation in football – here are five that caught the eye this week.

Kaide Gordon



Kaide Gordon shone against Norwich in the Carabao Cup




All eyes were on the 16-year-old when he was named in the starting line-up against Norwich in Liverpool’s 3-0 win on Tuesday night.

The likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were given the night off but Gordon impressed in their place.

The former Derby wonderkid was full of endeavour and relentlessly pressed all night while his dribbling ability on the ball showed why Jurgen Klopp was keen to get him on the pitch.

Do not be surprised to hear more of Gordon this season despite his young age with the Reds keen on their youth development.

Marcus Forss



Marcus Forss scored an incredible four times in the Carabao Cup




Brentford absolutely stole the show on Tuesday night when they thrashed Oldham Athletic 7-0.

And the star of the show was Forss, who netted four in nominative determinist fashion.

The Finland international got the match off to a flyer in the third minute when he converted an early penalty and went on to wrap up his hat-trick by half-time.

Forss made it 6-0 with his fourth and has showed that Brentford have real strength in depth up front where Ivan Toney is the main man.

Cole Palmer



Cole Palmer celebrated his first goal for City at the Etihad




There are not many harder teams in the world to break into than Manchester City but Palmer might just have given Pep Guardiola something to think about with his cameo against Wycombe.

After picking up the ball at the halfway line, he ran the pitch before dispatching a brilliant left-footed shot from 20 yards to score his first of the night.

City fielded a number of youngsters including Conrad Egan-Riley, Luke Mbete and Finley Burns but it was Palmer who shone with fans desperate to see more of the 19-year-old.









Guardiola has a wealth of talent in the middle of the park including Kevin de Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Rodri but there could be a new one on the way that has cost them nothing.

Aaron Connolly

Brighton are having a fine start to season and that continued with a win over Swansea – thanks to Connolly.



Aaron Connolly scored twice for Brighton in their 2-0 win over Swansea




The Irishman exploded onto the scene a couple of years ago but found last season tough as the Seagulls toiled in front of goal.

After being out of the first-team so far this season, he was exceptional in the Carabao Cup to spark hopes of a return to form.

His double against the Swans helped Brighton through to the next round and could see him spark a stretch of form in the first-team.

Graham Potter’s side have clicked recently but having a red-hot Connolly gives them so much more to their game.

Cameron Archer









What a way to make an announcement, scoring a brilliant goal for Aston Villa to equalise against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Dean Smith has a number of top forwards at his disposal at the moment including Ollie Watkins, Danny Ings and Leon Bailey but Archer has been tipped for stardom in the academy.

In the second round of the Carabao Cup, the 19-year-old netted a hat-trick against Barrow and he has followed that with another performance.

It would be no surprise to see the teenager knocking on Smith’s door for a chance to shine in the Premier League in the coming weeks.




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