On Sunday, Fulham were given an unenviable assignment when they were drawn away at Manchester City in the final 16 of the Carabao Cup.
Although on face value an away match at the Etihad comes as a massive blow for the Whites’ Cup hopes, it presents a superb opportunity to favour a young squad and hand 15-year-old teenage sensation Harvey Elliott his first start.
Elliott became the first player born in 2003 to make his professional debut in English football when he played the closing stages of Fulham’s 3-0 win over Millwall in the previous round of the competition.
The highly-rated teenager is well-regarded by manager Slavisa Jokanovic, who has praised Elliott’s confidence and skill in past weeks.
Jokanovic has a proven track record of ushering young academy talent into the first team fray, having successfully handed the Sessegnon twins, Luca de la Torre, Tayo Edun, and more their professional debuts when at the club.
And with a seemingly unwinnable match away at City on 30 October, the Serbian can afford to grant his youngsters a chance to impress in the League Cup in a pressure-free environment with no expectations.
The away tie at the Etihad would be quite the occasion for 15-year-old attacker Harvey Elliott to truly announce himself in English football, and Fulham would do well to unleash the phenom from the start later this month.