Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
Cameron's side has been shaky at best in recent weeks, and the Yank again struggled in a 4-1 loss to Liverpool. Cameron was deployed at defensive mid, and the three in the middle had a tough time getting anything going or stopping the Reds rampant attack. Stoke have conceded 10 goals in their past four games and that is tough to overlook, given Cameron is a defensive-minded player, regardless of whether he is on the back line or in the midfield.
Again, Guzan was hard to blame for Villa’s 2-1 loss to Bournemouth. The keeper was beaten on a back-heel flick in first half stoppage time before his defense left him out to dry and allowed Josh King to get a free run into the box following a back pass, and King niftily finished as the keeper charged. Villa’s offense was predictably terrible as well, missing a sitter which would have equalized early in the second period. Now, Villa taking the drop is all but confirmed, as any dropping of points by the Villans or any point gained by Norwich would mathematically put Villa into the Championship.
Tim Howard (Everton)
Howard might have played his last game in the Premier League, as he again watched from the bench as Everton drew Watford 1-1.
Matt Miazga (Chelsea)
Miazga again got the start for Chelsea, but only lasted 45 minutes, taken off after a disappointing first half in which he earned a yellow card in the 1-0 loss to Swansea. Though it was his weak headed clearance which led to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s pretty volleyed finish, it's hard to blame the youngster, who did his best with a challenging cross. Still, however, he didn’t play well enough to inspire Guus Hiddink to leave him on following the break, and that is mildly worrisome. There is certainly going to be a learning curve, however, and more minutes will likely be in the center back’s future as he transitions to England.
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
Yedlin logged a full 90 minutes in a tough 2-0 loss to Leicester. He didn’t impress terribly, but neither goal was on the account of him, as the first was a direct long ball to Jamie Vardy which was the fault of his center back and the second was with the Black Cats completely stretched in the 95th minute. Still, like Miazga, he was far from brilliant, and his 6.5 whoscored.com rating is probabally about right for someone who did little to turn heads this week.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur)
Still recovering from injury, Carter-Vickers did not make the 18-man roster for either of Spurs’ U-21 games this weekend.
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, on loan from Arsenal)
Zelalem was an unused sub twice this week as Rangers defeated Dumbarton 1-0 in the league and Peterhead 4-0 in the Scottish Challenge Cup. It was a massive week for the club, however, as the league win secured them a spot in next year's Scottish Premiership, marking their return to the top flight after entering administration during the 2011-12 season.
Cody Cropper (MK Dons)
Cropper was abused this week, conceding six goals in a 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton and a 4-0 loss to Rotherham. Though he couldn’t do anything about some of the tallies, Cropper did get a hand to a pair of them and gave away a penalty as well as part of his miserable week. It’s always hard to put the blame squarely on the keeper, but he certainly should have done better, and if he wants to keep his starting job,
Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)
Though he only played Fulham’s second match of the week (the first being a 2-1 win over Preston), Hyndman was massive in it, scoring his first goal as a pro in the 92nd minute to secure another 2-1 victory, this time over Cardiff. On his 20th birthday, with the game hanging in the balance, the midfielder pounced on a softly cut back ball on the edge of the six-yard box and smashed it into the far corner to secure three points for his club. The goal secured him player of the game on whoscored.com with an 8.0 rating, but, as importantly, it will potentially leave a lasting impression in his manager’s mind that could see the youngster get some more minutes through the remainder of the season.
Tim Ream (Fulham)
Though Ream was not in the squad for the comeback win on the weekend, he did start and get an assist in the fifth minute against Preston. It wasn’t beautiful, as he banged an 80-yard ball which Ross McCormack made his way onto the end of before juking the last defender and goalie to give Fulham the early lead. Beyond that, however, he didn’t do much and was subbed off at halftime ending with a disappointing 46 percent passing clip.
Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest)
Lichaj only featured in Forest’s second game of the week, a 2-1 loss to Brighton on Monday, after a red card last week, and like many other defenders in this report, he struggled. He did make two tackles, two dispossessions, and one dribble, but that’s hardly filling the stat line for a defender, and his 6.6 whoscored.com rating shows just that. Still, however, Lichaj is a stalwart at the right back position for Forest.
Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town)
Holmes was not either of Huddersfield’s squads, which lost and drew this week.
Andrija Novakovich (Reading)
Novakovich was not in Reading’s youth squad which lost 3-0 to Manchester City on Monday.
Danny Williams (Reading)
Besides Hyndman, Williams was the only other man in the Championship who logged some meaningful minutes for his side, as he played a full 180 in a 2-1 win over Forest and a 2-0 loss to Birmingham. He didn’t do a ton in the weekend loss, but Williams was an absolute ball hawk in the midweek, recording six shots and passing at a high-class 94 percent while also completing three dribbles and winning two aerials. He didn’t score or record an assist, but his presence was fully felt in the middle of the park, and there’s not much more a manager can ask for. Even though the squad was worse as a whole on the weekend, he still managed to pass at a 86 percent clip and completed four dribbles. There’s a good reason he has been in the heart of Reading’s midfield all year.
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
Brooks again sat for Berlin, and the side is struggling to keep teams out without him, drawing lowly Hannover 2-2. Despite still sitting in third, Hertha’s push for the Champions League is getting more tense every week.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler went 90 minutes for Eintracht in a crucial relegation battle with Hoffenheim. The right back was one of his side’s best players, earning a 7.2 whoscored.com match rating thanks to game-highs of 56 passes and six interceptions, but it mattered little as Eintracht fell 2-0 at home. The loss dropped the hosts into the automatic relegation places, and while there’s still time to save themselves and Eintracht is just three points from safety, they’re second-to-last in the form table as well as the season one. It’s quickly becoming desperation time for Chandler and his squad.
Julian Green (Bayern Munich)
Bayern’s reserves fell 1-0 Monday to their counterparts from Nurnberg, though Green seems to have been absent from the squad. He did train with the first team a bit last week, so hope remains that Green will get back into the 18-man senior side at some point this season.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson is almost definitely out for the rest of the season with a hip injury. He has gone to Iceland, where he grew up, to rehab in the hopes of being ready for the beginning of next season. His Werder side sits in the relegation playoff place following a 2-1 loss to fellow relegation strugglers Augsburg.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was far from his best in a 1-0 loss at Ingolstadt that puts a dent in Gladbach’s Champions League aspirations. He was his side’s worst player according to whoscored.com with a 6.0 rating before being subbed off in the 78th minute, completing just 58 percent of his passes and failing to record a successful dribble or tackle. Worse, Gladbach fell behind Bayer Leverkusen into fifth place with the loss and missed the chance to close the gap on third-place Hertha.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart)
Once again, Kiesewetter was not selected for Stuttgart II’s squad in a 1-1 draw with Aalen. With his contract scheduled to expire in the summer, it looks like Kiesewetter will have to move on from Stuttgart if he wants more playing time moving forward.
Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt)
Morales was an unused sub for Ingolstadt in their win over Monchengladbach. While the bottom half of the Bundesliga is extremely tight, Ingolstadt moved well away from the scrap with their second straight victory and now sit tied for ninth place on 39 points, 11 above the relegation zone with just five games left.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)
It was another big week for Pulisic. The 17-year-old made a cameo appearance in Dortmund’s Europa League draw with Liverpool, then earned his second start for the club in Germany’s most intense derby, the Rivierderby against Schalke. For long stretches, he was Dortmund’s best attacking outlet, nearly scoring his first Bundesliga goal in the first half on a shot that was just tipped wide by the leg of Schalke’s Ralf Fahrmann before being taken off in the 73rd
Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim)
As he has through most of the season, Canouse was involved for Hoffenheim’s reserves this week. He did not play in their 2-1 win over Eintracht Trier on Tuesday, but Canouse did go 90 for the side in a 1-1 draw with Hessen Kassel on the weekend. The Hoffenheim senior side beat Frankfurt for their third win in four games to move up to 14th in the table, so it appears as though Canouse and co. may have a Bundesliga campaign to come after it looked for so long like they would be going down.
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig)
Boyd remains on the sidelines as he recovers from a long-term knee injury that’s kept him out for the past year-plus. His RB Leipzig squad is nearing promotion to the Bundesliga, as they are six points clear of the promotion playoff spot with five games to play.
Bobby Wood (Union Berlin)
All season long, Wood has been a vital piece of Union Berlin’s attack, a trend that continued on Friday. The 23-year-old striker scored in the seventh and 13th minutes to get Union going in an eventual 4-0 win over Paderborn, twice beating defenders after runs into the opposition half. With the goals, Wood has now scored in seven straight games for Union, and his 16 tallies this season sets a new standard for Americans playing in Germany’s top two leagues, besting Conor Casey’s mark of 14 goals in 2003-04 for Karlsruher. There were also more whispers of Bundesliga interest this week for Wood, so he could be headed for the top flight sooner rather than later. That seems fair for a man who simply cannot stop scoring.
Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen)
Wooten once again went 90 minutes for Sandhausen and once again failed to score as the side fell 4-1 to Arminia Bielefeld. It was Sandhausen’s seventh loss in eight games and puts the club in a bit of danger of getting into a relegation fight over the final stretch of the season if the wins don’t start coming soon.
Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes)
After missing two games last week with a mysterious injury, Bedoya remained out for this weekend’s 2-1 loss to Reims. There still isn’t any new news on the attacker, but we’ll keep our eyes and ears open for updates.
Ethan Horvath (Molde)
Horvath was back between the sticks for Molde in their 1-1 draw with Start on Sunday. He wasn’t to blame for the goal his side conceded, and he was back in the starting squad, so it was a solid week for the young keeper.
Perry Kitchen (Hearts)
For the third week in a row, Kitchen went 90 minutes for Hearts as they defeated Aberdeen 2-1. He did little of note aside from picking up a yellow card in the second half, but that booking will matter little as Hearts picked up three points. Their Scottish Premier League season ends Tuesday, and the club will finish the campaign in third place.
Desevio Payne (FC Groningen)
Payne was not in Groningen’s squad as they came from behind to beat De Graafschap 3-1. Groningen sit in 10th place with four games left in their Eredivisie season.
Rubio Rubin (Utrecht)
Utrecht moved into fourth place with a 3-1 win over NEC Nijmegen, but Rubin remained on the bench through the contest.