The under-21 Premier League is back and under way providing some of the best youngsters from all over the country the opportunity to impress senior coaches and earn a shot in first teams.
There’s also the opportunity for more established stars to use the competition as a way to nurse their way back to full health with regulations allowing a certain number of players over the age of 23-years-old to take part.
We’ve taken a look at the first week of results and summarised the action.
Friday August 15
Last Friday saw the competition start and there were early wins for some of the tournament favourites.
Chelsea defeated Manchester City 2-1, Arsenal edged out Reading 1-0 and Manchester United strolled to a comfortable victory against Norwich City. Derby also got off the mark in positive fashion with a 2-1 win at home against Middlesbrough.
United’s Tom Lawrence, who featured for the first team at the back end of last season, was among those to get on the score sheet in that game while Charly Musonda grabbed the winner for Chelsea in their game.
Monday August 18
Monday saw the bulk of the first round games played with wins for West Brom, Blackburn, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton while Bolton v Newcastle, Southampton v Fulham and Aston Villa v Stoke all ended in draws.
Tuesday August 19
Liverpool responded well to seeing their main rivals win with a 1-0 victory away at Sunderland thanks to a goal from Ryan McLaughlin in injury time securing the points in a tight game.
Manchester United, Everton, Chelsea and Spurs all share the lead in division one with Norwich and West Ham at the foot of the table. Brighton, Derby, West Brom and Arsenal share the lead in division two with Reading currently in 12th place.