The 3rd round of the FA Cup took place in England at the weekend and this is the round where most football fans see it as the beginning of the cup competition when the big teams from the Premier League enter it.
Below we take a look at the best 11 players from the 3rd round who showed commitment and passion and caused a few upsets. The FA Cup has given managers the chance to play some of their younger players and that is reflected in this line up.
Goalkeeper: Adrian- Liverpool
Adrian got a foot in the door at Liverpool when Alisson was injured at the beginning of the season and he impressed. Manager Jurgen Klopp has opted to play him in the FA Cup and he came under a lot of pressure against Everton and yet was on hand to make vital saves and kept a clean sheet as Liverpool won 1-0 with a fairly young team.
Defender: Jayden Bogle- Derby County
Bogle was at the heart of everything as Derby playing in the Championship caused one of the biggest upsets of the 3rd round as they went to Premier League side Crystal Palace and won 1-0. Bogle’s confidence will grow as he was able to keep a clean sheet.
Defender: Rob Holding- Arsenal
Arsenal played Leeds United and this was never going to be an easy game as Rob Holding was shifted into central defence. He was the key man that the back 3 were and goalkeeper were looking too as he held his nerve and had a superb assured game.
Defender: Osaze Urhoghide- Sheffield Wednesday
Urhoghide looks like Sheffield Wednesday’s future as he had a brilliant game in defence and helped his side to a 1-0 win away to Premier League team Brighton in a shock win. The young defender stole the headlines after with his happier than happy interview that went viral.
Defender: Neto Williams- Liverpool
Williams has put a case down to manager Jurgen Klopp to be a part of Liverpool’s defence in the coming years with a superb display that saw Liverpool field a young side and yet beat a full strength Everton one in the crunch derby. It was also impressive that they kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 win and Williams was at the heart of keeping Everton quiet in the 2nd half.
Defender: Taylor-Harwood Bellis- Manchester City
The 17 year old centre back made just his 7th appearance for Manchester City and really impressed as manager Pep Guardiola gave him the chance. City won beating Port Vale 4-1 and Harwood Bellies made some great tackles and kept his head.
Midfielder: Pedro Chirivella- Liverpool
Chirivella was one of Liverpool’s best players as they stunned Everton 1-0 in the FA Cup even though Liverpool had a young and inexperienced side playing. The midfielder earned praise from former player Lucas on social media, and he looks like one to watch for the future.
Midfielder: Callum Hudson-Odoi- Chelsea
As good as Hudson-Odoi is he rarely gets a start at Chelsea, but he got just that as the Blues ran out 2-0 winners over Nottingham Forest and Hudson-Odoi scored and looked dangerous throughout the game. He has laid down a marker now for manager Frank Lampard to play him every week.
Midfielder: Philip Billing- Bournemouth
Bournemouth ran out 4-0 winners over Luton and the team who have been struggling in the Premier League got a much needed win. Billing was the hero of the day and scored a brace. Still only 23 Eddie Howe seems to have a really good player on his hands.
Forward: Adam Idah- Norwich
Everyone had nothing but praise for Adam Idah who scored a superb hat-trick as Norwich beat Preston North End 4-2. The Irish player is just 18 and was so impressive. His confidence at this age shows he could be around for a very long time and a pivotal figure.
Forward: Alex Mighten- Nottingham Forest
True Mighten was on the losing team as Forest lost to Chelsea but he had a very good game. Scoring a disallowed goal, getting involved in VAR and coming close on a few other occasions. He gave Chelsea something to think about, and he could be getting scouted very soon for the top tier.
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