Five things we learnt from the EFL Cup Round of 16
The fans care
Some huge crowds in the League Cup fourth round. 75k at Old Trafford, 53k at Liverpool, 49k at Newcastle, 45k at West Ham & 59k at Arsenal.
— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) October 27, 2016
Okay, there are caveats such as cheaper tickets for the games in question and the fact that it’s currently half term for school children – making it easier for parents to take their kids – but the sheer quantity of fans attending shows the increasing popularity of the EFL Cup. Indeed, the competition is rapidly moving away from its billing as the FA Cup’s runt sibling, with more and more big teams taking it seriously, and that’s reflected by the growing attention it receives.
The chance to get an early trophy in the cabinet and bed in summer signings increases the competition’s appeal, and were it not for the ‘tradition’ element of the FA Cup, we think the League Cup would be thought of more widely as the one to win.