VIDEO: Former Arsenal talent Chuks Aneke scores, ex-Everton prospect Apostolos Vellios sent off, in Belgian thriller

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The former Premier League pair were pivotal in a thrilling Belgian Cup tie between Zulte Waregem and Lierse.

The Belgian Cup continued this week and in one fixture in particular there was plenty to discuss concerning two former Premier League youngsters from Arsenal and Everton.

In 2009 Arsenal youngster Chuks Aneke was wanted by Barcelona but instead signed a professional contract with the club and went on to have loan spells at Stevenage, Preston and Crewe.

Arsene Wenger once infamously said that 'Chuks is a bit like Yaya Toure.'

Unfortunately he never made it at Arsenal and was released in the summer. He was linked with Leeds, Millwall and Charlton but took the big step of going abroad, joining Belgian Jupiler League club Zulte-Waregem.

Greek striker Apostolos Vellios was released by Everton this summer after three and a half years at Goodison Park. The 22-year-old often caught the eye in his fleeting Everton appearances. He scored his three goals for Everton in his first 235 minutes for the club.

But injury problems and competition for places left him out of the first-team picture and, after a loan spell at Blackpool, he was allowed a free transfer this summer.

He joined Belgian side Lierse SK this summer and last night the two sides went head-to-head in the Cofidis Cup. It is fair to say the ex-Arsenal man enjoyed the game better than the ex-Everton striker.

Aneke scored for Zulte-Waregem early on, giving them a 1-0 lead. Then Lierse equalised but Vellios got into the referees books for something entirely different. He was sent off in the game for an apparent elbow, a harsh red indeed.

That left Lierse with ten men to battle with, which they did into extra-time when Idrissa Sylla sealed victory for Aneke's side - who had James Troisi sent off later on.

It was a thrilling game and these two former Premier League prospects played a massive part in making that so.

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