The next generation of West Ham United prospects were given a reality check on Tuesday as Terry Westley's Under-21 side lost 4-0 a second-string Luton Town in the Checkatrade Trophy at Kenilworth Road.
West Ham had the highly-rated Toni Martinez, Domingos Quina, Martin Samuelsen and Sead Haksabanovic on show to name but a few, but Westley's side were still well thumped by a Luton side that made 11 changes.
Martinez and Haksabanovic went close for the Irons at 1-0 down, but on the whole it appeared as if the Hammers youngsters, for the most part, simply didn't show up.
Fans have long called for Quina and Martinez to be given chances in the first team, but failing to make an impact against a fringe Luton outfit - who are top of League Two - will not have endeared them to senior manager David Moyes.
Haksabanovic, a £2.7 million summer signing, was the most experienced of all the Under-21s in terms of first-team chances this season, with former manager Slaven Bilic, who signed him, playing the Swedish attacker in League Cup games earlier in the season, but hasn't had a look-in since September.
And on the back of this, it might be a while before Moyes turns to any of them in the Premier League.