Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron was busy in his return from injury, starting twice in a pair of losses this week for Stoke. His side fell 1-0, but the center midfielder played well against Burnley in the midweek, winning a team-high nine aerials leading to another team-best 7.9 whoscored.com match rating. The weekend saw the same result for Stoke, this one a 2-1 loss to Liverpool, but Cameron struggled in that contest, winning three aerials and completing two dribbles. Neither was a
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Carter-Vickers watched from the bench as Spurs beat Swansea 3-1, but he did not make the matchday squad for their 4-0 weekend win over Watford or the U-23 side’s 4-1 loss to Everton on Monday.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland)
Gooch was absent from both Sunderland’s senior and youth squads this week.
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Guzan was on the bench for Boro’s loss to Hull and draw with Burnley this week.
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United)
Olosunde is stateside this week, playing with United’s U-19s in the Dallas Cup in Texas. However, in the opening game of the tournament, he was part of a backline that conceded four goals to Mexican side Chivas in a 4-1 defeat. The side has two more chances in the group stage to turn its form around, but the defense will need to improve if that’s going to happen.
Gboly Ariyibi (Nottingham Forest)
For the second week running, Ariyibi saw no action at any level for Forest. His manager publicly galvanized the winger this week, stating if he wants to make the first team, he needs to show more on the training ground.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
After watching from the bench in a 1-0 midweek loss to Wolves, Lichaj came up big for Forest on the weekend, scoring the opener in a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town. Playing in a more advanced winger role than usual in a 3-4-3, Lichaj coasted untouched onto the end of a low cross and tapped home a good pass from Ben Brereton from two yards for one of the easiest goals he will ever score. Otherwise, Lichaj was a constant menace down the right side of the field, getting into solid attacking positions throughout the win. It was a vital one, too, as Forest earned three huge points against a promotion playoff favorite which have taken them five points clear of the relegation zone.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
It was a rough week for Ream, as Fulham fell 4-2 to Derby and beat Ipswich 3-1. Ream and his backline were terrorized by David Nugent in the midweek as the striker netted a hattrick, the third of which could have been avoided had Ream or keeper David Button — who both had chances to clear the ball — not flubbed their defending efforts. Though he passed at 96 percent in the contest, Ream won just one tackle. On the weekend, Read was relegated to the bench, but came on in the 57th minute with his side up 2-0 and helped see out the win. He won three aerials and picked up a yellow card. Fulham are just two points out of the promotion playoff with five games to play.
Luca de la Torre (Fulham)
De la Torre started and played 90 minutes for Fulham’s PL 2 side in a 3-1 loss to their counterparts from Newcastle. The attacker did not make an impact on the scoresheet but did have a solid impact going forward which included a couple of shots well denied by the keeper.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Williams only made one appearance for Reading this week, coming on with half an hour to play in a 3-1 win over Blackburn. Though he only made eight passes, Williams completed all of them and had three shots as well in a shortened stint. It might have been for the best he didn’t play on the weekend, as Reading were 5-0 down to Norwich within 35 minutes and lost 7-1.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich had another solid performance for Reading’s U-23s, scoring the opening goal in a 5-2 loss to Arsenal’s U23 side. Though his side did not get a result, Novakovich got them off and running with a second-minute tally and also played an influence on the second goal, forcing the defender into a poor clearance. While the scoreline is not flattering, Novakovich continues to stand out, and that is all he can ask for at his current level.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Yedlin did not appear for Newcastle this week as he continues to heal from a thigh injury. All indications say he should be back this month, but with Newcastle cruising towards automatic promotion, they might not push Yedlin to return quickly unless their league situation takes a massive turn for the worse.
Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United)
Holmes was an unused sub for Scunthorpe, who beat Bolton 1-0.
Terrence Boyd (Darmstadt)
Boyd started and played 65 minutes before being subbed off in a midweek loss to Leverkusen. The center forward did not have a shot or beat anyone on a dribble, and he won just one aerial. It was a poor performance, to say the least, and on the weekend against Ingolstadt, he did not make the 18-man roster.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks did not start a midweek 1-0 loss to Monchengladbach, but he played a big role in Hertha’s 2-0 win over Augsburg on Sunday. Twelve minutes in, after a broken corner, Valentin Stocker fired an effort back into the Augsburg penalty area, and Brooks redirected it with his head past the keeper to give Hertha an early lead. Brooks would go onto complete 95 percent of his 59 passes in the contest and earn a man-of-the-match 8.6 rating on whoscored.com. Hertha are still seven points out of a Champions League place, though, and eliminating that gap seems unlikely at the moment.
Chandler did not make the 18-man roster in a midweek loss to Cologne but did play 90 minutes in a 2-2 draw with Werder Bremen on the weekend. However, Chandler did little of note, winning three aerials and completing just 70 percent of his passes. He had the second-worst rating of any starter on his team on whoscored.com (6.3).
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson was twice an unused sub this week for Bremen, in their aforementioned draw with Frankfurt and a 3-0 win over Schalke.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson remains sidelined with a thigh injury and did not play this week for Monchengladbach, who moved into eighth place in the Bundesliga with wins over Hertha Berlin and Cologne.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Twice this week, Morales came off the bench and helped Ingolstadt to a 3-2 win as the club closed the gap on safety significantly. In the midweek, he got a late run out, completing one pass in six minutes on the pitch as Ingolstadt beat Augsburg. On the weekend, however, Morales entered with his side trailing Darmstadt 2-1 in the 61st minute and played a part in Ingolstadt turning the game around for a 3-2 victory by winning a pair of aerials. The wins brought the club within one point of safety, as 16th-place Augsburg and 15th-place Mainz are tied on 29 points with Ingolstadt sitting on 28.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
Pulisic played twice for Dortmund this week, first coming off the bench for the final 30 minutes of a win over Hamburg before starting and going the distance in a defeat to Bayern Munich. In the midweek, the winger completed one dribble in his half hour as Dortmund turned what was a narrow 1-0 lead into a 3-0 victory, although Pulisic wasn’t involved in any of the tallies. Against Bayern, the forward struggled to get much going, seeing his only shot attempt saved with Dortmund already trailing 4-1 (which would be the final score) in the 86th minute. He also recorded two dribbles, two tackles, and two interceptions, although he struggled to impose himself on the Bayern back line. Dortmund currently sit in fourth place, one point behind Hoffenheim and seven up on Hertha Berlin, with six games left in the Bundesliga season.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg)
Wood had a busy week, twice playing over 80 minutes as Hamburg first lost to Dortmund and then beat Hoffenheim 2-1, with Wood tallying an assist on the winning goal. First, in the game at Dortmund, Wood was Hamburg’s biggest attacking threat before coming off in the 84th minute, finishing with six of his team’s 16 shots, three of which were saved (including one from a one-on-one that he should have put away) and three of which missed the target. He also completed three dribbles and won three aerials. It was a significant contribution from the striker, but better was to come on the weekend. He tallied just one first-half shot which was saved, but Wood won seven aerials and two tackles in his 85 minutes, and he set up Aaron Hunt’s game-winner, laying off to the midfielder after breaking through on goal for an easy finish (which can be seen at the 38-second mark of this video). All in all, it was another productive week for the forward as Hamburg moved four points clear of the relegation playoff position.
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, on loan to Bochum)
Canouse came off the bench at halftime of Bochum’s first of two scoreless draws this week against Kaiserslautern, but he did not make the squad for the weekend tie with Heidenheim. Against Kaiserslautern, however, Canouse was excellent, tallying three tackles, three clearances, and three aerial wins while passing at an 86 percent clip before picking up a stoppage-time yellow card. Nonetheless, he wasn’t in the side on the weekend as Bochum drew a fifth straight game.
Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart)
After playing 90 minutes in a midweek 1-1 draw with 1860 Munich, Green was an unused substitute in a weekend 2-0 win over Karlsruher. Against Munich, the winger was dangerous, completing a whopping six dribbles and seeing his only shot saved. His playing time has been dwindling a little, and that was evident on the weekend as he remained on the bench throughout, but Green nonetheless is getting more looks for Stuttgart than he did at Bayern Munich, and that’s only a positive for his development.
Jerome Kiesewetter (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Kiesewetter came of the Dusseldorf bench twice this week, first picking up a late yellow in his five minutes on the pitch in a 2-1 loss to Arminia Bielefeld before making a significant impact in a draw with Union Berlin. He couldn’t do much to help his side steal a result in the former, but the forward came on in the 58th minute on the weekend and helped Fortuna turn a 2-0 deficit into a draw. Kiesewetter wasn’t directly involved in either tally, but he did complete one dribble and complete 73 percent of his pass attempts as Dusseldorf got a big point that puts them four above the relegation playoff place.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
He didn’t make the squad for a 0-0 midweek draw against St. Pauli in which Sandhausen played a man down for over 80 minutes, but Wooten was back in the lineup on the weekend and started up top against Arminia Bielefeld. He passed at a 77 percent clip and won five aerials, but Wooten couldn’t trouble the opposing keeper with either of his shot attempts as Sandhausen slipped to a 3-1 home defeat.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
As usual, Horvath was an unused sub for Brugge in a 1-1 draw with Sporting Charleroi.
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, on loan to Rangers, Scottish Premiership)
Despite starting twice this week, Hyndman barely logged a full 90 minutes for Rangers. He came off at halftime in their scoreless midweek draw with Kilmarnock before getting substituted in the 53rd minute of a game that was at that point scoreless against Aberdeen that Rangers eventually won 3-0.
Bjorn-Maars Johnsen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
After playing 68 minutes in the midweek and failing to get Hearts on the board in an eventual 1-0 loss to St. Johnstone, Johnsen came off the bench in the 90th minute on the weekend to help Hearts see out a 1-0 win over Dundee. The striker picked up a yellow card in the midweek but didn’t have enough time to make an impact against Dundee, although his team did earn three points.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts, Scottish Premiership)
Kitchen also started against St. Johnstone and played 90 minutes, and he did the same against Dundee. The
Matt Miazga (Chelsea, on loan to Vitesse, Eredivisie)
Miazga was very solid in a pair of wins for Vitesse, playing 180 minutes in the center of the defense. In the midweek, he was the best outfield player on the pitch as Vitesse beat Heracles 1-0. Miazga won six aerials and two tackles and recorded a stunning 14 clearances en route to a 7.9 whoscored.com match rating. On the weekend, he wasn’t quite as dominant defensively as Vitesse conceded two goals, but Miazga nonetheless made his presence felt with five aerial wins and seven clearances in a 4-2 win over Heerenveen. The center back has been solidifying himself as a key piece in Vitesse’s defense of late, and that is showing no signs of slowing down as Vitesse have won three straight games.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen, Eredivisie)
Payne didn’t make the squad for either of Groningen’s games this week as they beat NEC Nijmegen 2-0 before losing 4-3 to ADO Den Haag.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Châteauroux, Championnat National, on loan from Reims)
Siebatcheu started for Châteauroux but couldn’t get on the scoresheet in a 1-1 draw with Dunkerque. Châteauroux sit three points back of second-place Dunkerque with six games to go.
Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz, Swiss Super League, on loan from SC Freiburg)
Stanko was an unused substitute as Vaduz conceded goals in the first minute and the 90th minute to lose 2-0 to Luzern. It was Vaduz’s third straight loss, and the club now sits five points off the pack at the bottom of the table.
Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal, on loan to VVV Venlo, Eerste Divisie)
Zelalem was an unused substitute as VVV beat Almere City 3-2.