Poll of the Day: Which League Cup starlet wil make the biggest impact in the Premier League this season?

Several younger players caught the eye in the competition this week, but which of them can impress their managers and have an effect in the top flight?


For years the League Cup has been a competition used to integrate youngsters into the first-team squads of many of the bigger clubs in England, and this season is no different with several already producing the goods.

Liverpool may have struggled to overcome West Brom in a narrow 2-1 win but Oussama Assaidi, a summer signing from Heerenveen, lit up the Hawthorns on Wednesday night, terrorising Baggies right-back Billy Jones with his trickery and pace proving an excellent outlet and alternative to out-of-favour winger Stewart Downing.

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Assaidi vs West Brom

Coquelin vs Coventry

Ferguson vs Man Utd

Romeu vs Wolves

Townsend vs Carlisle

Vermijl vs Newcastle

Another winger who impressed on the night was a player who has been on the edge of the Tottenham first-team in the last year or so: Andros Townsend. The left-footed wide man started on the right against Carlisle on Wednesday night and tormented throughout, bagging a fantastic goal in the process.

Few players have as difficult a task to get into the first-team as Townsend, but providing competition for Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale appeared a likely possibility after a classy showing.

Manchester United saw three unrecognised defenders starting at the back in their 2-1 win over Newcastle and, although Scott Wootton and Michael Keane handled themselves well, it was right-back Marnick Vermijl who was the most eye-catching.

The Belgium youth international got forward time and time again, supplying several excellent crosses, while he showed a stern defensive ability with an array of tough challenges.

Shane Ferguson, who played against Vermijl, moved straight over to the left wing when coming on for the Magpies in the second half and his first involvement saw him execute an inch-perfect cross to the far post for Papiss Cisse to nod home.

Francis Coquelin is the main reason Arsene Wenger opted to not buy a replacement for Alex Song and, although he has not played a great deal yet this season, the France youth international certainly showed what he was about in the 6-1 win over Coventry after dictating the tempo and claiming an assist.

Another central midfielder who looked the part at the heart of a Premier League giant was Oriol Romeu as he kept Roberto Di Matteo’s side ticking over, with his quick offloading of the ball a particular strength and the Spaniard also got himself on the scoresheet by converting a penalty.

The former Barcelona man enjoyed fairly regular exposure to the first team under Andre Villas-Boas, but since Di Matteo’s appointment has fallen down the pecking order.


Which starlet do you think has the best chance of making an impact in the Premier League this season? Did the the wizardry on the wing from Assiadi catch your eye? Or did Coquelin's all-action display in the centre for Arsenal have you purring?

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