With every passing season, Mauricio Pochettino faces increasing pressure to bring a trophy to Tottenham Hotspur.
There is no doubt that the Argentine has done exceptional work for the club and continues to do so. Yet it should not undermine that fact to say that a cup final day out and a piece of silverware would cheer the fanbase much more than pointing out gradual progress does.
The former Southampton boss has made it clear that the only trophies he is truly concerned about winning are the Premier League and the Champions League.
Given that the only time during his reign that was a possibility was during the 2015/16 title chase won by Leicester City, prevailing wisdom is that he should respect the domestic cups more.
However, circumstances have conspired to make it likely he will once more discard the EFL Cup.
The fourth round trip to West Ham will take place on Halloween night, just 48 hours after Spurs host champions Manchester City on Monday Night Football.
🗓️ Our @Carabao_Cup fourth round tie away to West Ham has been scheduled for Wednesday 31 October. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 4, 2018
Given Pochettino has struggled to put together a deeper squad, he is likely to protect his stars and field a weakened team; against a manager who has won the competition twice and a club desperate for silverware and to put one over on their rivals.
It all adds up to suggest the EFL Cup will once more go by the wayside.