To be honest, the League Cup has become a farce hasn't it? Repeatedly changing the name hasn't helped. One year it's the Carling Piss Pot Cup, the next the Capital One Fan Cup, soon it will find it's appropriate sponsor - The Sanilav Cup perhaps, or The Primark Cup or the Cadbury's Chocolate Egg Cup.
One thing's for sure, as long as the Premiership clubs use it as a competition for blooding youngsters and getting reserves match fit, winning the damn thing should not merit qualification for Europe. The semifinal line up this season was absurd, and that was before Swansea and Bradford City took two goal first leg leads over their Premiership rivals. Just imagine a Swansea v Bradford City final - I don't mean to be rude here, but what a joke!
And because of the example set by this second rate competition, the FA Cup has been downgraded too. It has become ONLY a cup. And, if I'm honest, I have largely lost interest in the greatest cup competition in the world myself.
I can only see two ways forward. Either downgrade the League Cup and remove European qualification from the prize. Or punish the selection of understrength teams by removing league points from clubs that treat official competitions with contempt. How could this be enforced? Simple. The side playing in the Cup game MUST include at least eight players from the side that started the league game that preceded it. Or if a club complains about injuries from the previous game, then eight players starting the cup game MUST start the very next league game.
Meanwhile, the romantic in me would love a Bradford City v Swansea final even though it would confirm the competition as a joke. And, of course, the sight of Leeds fans with so much curried egg on their faces as their little neighbours down the road play at Wembley, would be a joy to behold.
How many years now is it since Leeds reached a proper Cup Final? Bradford City fans would suddenly be claiming the title of Biggest Club in Yorkshire!