The Premier League big boys enter the third round of the Capital One Cup this week and this may be the point where a future superstar grasps their opportunity to excel and stakes their claim for glory and a regular place in the side.
Indeed the League Cup is nowadays seen as the ideal tournament to unleash young, precocious talents dropping them into the fiery chasms of competitive football. Over the years many have grabbed this first opportunity with both hands and showed the manager the frightening potential they possessed as an aspiring footballer merely out of school!
The Capital One Cup has offered managers a chance to dabble with their personnel, be more creative with their tactics and pat that fledgling youngster on the back as they embark on something special.
Let us reflect on yesteryear and select the ten pros that made their name in the League Cup and went on to forge a successful career thereafter.