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The Carabao Cup is often the competition where youngsters get an opportunity to impress, but Chelsea would have undoubtedly preferred not to be doing so in the current circumstances.
The club’s academy is regarded as one of the best in the world and this is a chance for the next prospects to announce their arrival.
And here, Standard Sport takes a look at three Chelsea youngsters who could be unleashed against Brentford…
The midfielder has been with Chelsea since he was seven and he has impressed on his way up the ranks. His older brother, Josh, also played for the club before moving on to play for Brentford and now MK Dons. George likes to play as a No10, but he can operate out wide too if required.
The 21-year-old has spent time out on loan in Holland recently, while he has also captained Chelsea’s Under-23 side in the past. Along with the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Phil Foden, he was part of the England Under-17 side who won the World Cup in 2017.
Dubbed ‘the next Jadon Sancho’, Chelsea were quick to tie Webster down to a professional contract when he turned 17 in January.
Before that, Borussia Dortmund were sniffing around the teenager in the hope they could lure him out to Germany.
Unlike Sancho, however, Webster operates best in central midfield and he can play both an attacking or defensive role. He wowed fans with his performances at the KDB Cup, named after Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne, when he was just 15 and everyone has been waiting for him to burst onto the scene.
Despite being just 17, he is already becoming a regular for Chelsea’s Under-23 side.
Another player who is only17 but seemingly looks destined for the top, Soonsup-Bell has a real eye for goal.
He was on fire for the youth teams last season, scoring 16 goals in 12 games during one run, and Chelsea tied him down to a pro contract in January on the day he turned 17.
The teenager joined Chelsea when he was 12, leaving Swindon, and he originally played as a midfielder. He has since been transformed into a centre forward and he scored four goals in an FA Youth Cup game against Barnsley last season.